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LIFE IN BALANCE Heads Up A FAMILY HEALTH MAGAZINE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM New UVA clinic and research aim to better understand and treat concussions I To update your address, send Vim & Vigor to a friend or access the magazine online, go to or call 888-882-9892. Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Virginia Medical Center 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. R. Edward Howell Marketing Director Chris Sullivan Regional Editor Kelly Casey Regional Art Director Diane Butler PRODUCTION Editorial Editor-in-Chief: Sally Kilbridge Editors: Erin Feeney, Matt Morgan, Ellen Olson, Tom Weede Copy Editor: C.J. Hutchinson Design Chief Art Director: Tami Rodgers Art Directors: Andrea Heser, Rod Karmenzind, Kay Morrow Production Senior Production Manager: Laura Marlowe Special Projects Coordinator: Jenny Babich Imaging Specialist: Dane Nordine Production Technology Specialists: Julie Chan, Sonia Fitzgerald 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 2 SU M M E R 2 014 Circulation VP/Business Intelligence Group: Patrick Kehoe Postal Affairs & Logistics Director: Joseph Abeyta CLIENT SERVICES Chief Client Officer: Beth Tomkiw VP/Client Services & Strategy: Paul Peterson Account Managers: Carey Ballard, Rachael Bretheim, Annika Honkanen, Lauren Keeton, Gerry Kubek, Mendy Metcalf, Barbara Mohr, Jenna Rutschman, Ryan Smeets ADMINISTRATION Chief Executive Officer: Matthew J. Petersen Chief Operating Officer: Fred Petrovsky Executive VP/Sales: Chad Rose, 888-626-8779 VP/Content: Jeff Ficker Creative Director: Marc Oxborrow Vim & Vigor Founder: J. Barry Johnson Chairman Emeritus: Preston V. McMurry Jr. PO Box 800224 Charlottesville, VA 22908 Vim & Vigor,TM Summer 2014, Volume 30, Number 2, is published quarterly by McMurry/TMG, LLC, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602-395-5850. Vim & VigorTM is published for the purpose of disseminating health-related information for the well-being of the general public and its subscribers. The information contained in Vim & VigorTM is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. Vim & VigorTM does not accept advertising promoting the consumption of alcohol or tobacco. Copyright © 2014 by McMurry/TMG, LLC. All rights reserved. Subscriptions in U.S.: $4 for one year (4 issues). Single copies: $2.95. For subscriptions and address changes, write: Circulation Manager, Vim & Vigor,TM 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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
Stress SOS
The Truth About Sunscreen
The Transformers
Get Your Head in the Game
The Journey Continues
On the Cover
The Foot Follies
Friendly Fat
Virtual Health
Finding a Way Out of Grief
Deep Impact
Expecting the Unexpected

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2014 - University of Virginia