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LIFE IN BALANCE
A FAMILY HEALTH MAGAZINE
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
New UVA clinic and research aim to
better understand and treat concussions
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love this time of year. It's always nice to see parks
and ball ﬁelds ﬁlled with children. Although physical activity is crucial to a child's health, most parents know that it can also be the source of injury. As you'll learn on page 24,
there has been a 60 percent increase in young athletes being treated for traumatic
brain injuries over the last decade. The top ﬁve causes? Bicycling, football, playground activities (especially in younger kids), basketball and soccer.
Much of this increase is likely due to more awareness by parents and coaches
on how important it is to take concussions and other head injuries seriously. If you
have an aspiring athlete, you'll be glad to hear about a new Brain Injury and Sports
Concussion Clinic and key research underway at UVA.
Let me introduce you to my colleague in neuropsychology, Donna Broshek,
PhD. She's associate director of the new clinic and part of a research team working to better measure the effects and causes of sports concussions.
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DONNA BROSHEK, PHD
We are tracking 130 UVA and Charlottesville
high school athletes in three sports: football,
soccer and lacrosse. During practices and
games, the athletes wear a special patch behind
their ear with a sensor to capture impacts to
the head. Using this data, along with MRI
screenings and neurocognitive tests, we hope
to answer important questions such as: What
steps can we take to keep players safe without
drastically modifying their sports? How can we more accurately diagnose concussions? How do blows to the head that don't cause concussions affect the brain? How
do impacts to the head affect younger athletes and players in sports other than football? While NFL players have received a great deal of attention, there is less data on
players in other sports, as well as female athletes. There is also not much information about the effects on younger student-athletes, whose brains are still developing.
Thanks, Dr. Broshek. We look forward to learning about your research ﬁndings.
Until then, don't miss the article on page 24 so you'll know the signs of a brain
injury. Many UVA providers have expertise in concussion and brain injuries,
and now patients can access multiple experts during a single visit to UVA's Brain
Injury and Sports Concussion Clinic.
Susan Kirk, MD
University of Virginia Health System
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2014 - University of Virginia
Vim & Vigor - Summer 2014 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
A Peanut a Day to Keep Allergies at Bay?
Close Watch on a Young Brain
The Truth About Sunscreen
Get Your Head in the Game
The Journey Continues
On the Cover
The Foot Follies
Finding a Way Out of Grief
Expecting the Unexpected
Vim & Vigor - Summer 2014 - University of Virginia