Concussion Research in the News
Concussions are Treatable, More Research Needed, say Leading U.S. Experts in Published Paper
Concussions, often viewed by the public as dire and perplexing, can be effectively treated despite their complexity, according to experts from around the U.S. in a Statement of Agreement available online and published in the December issue of the journal Neurosurgery.
In October, 2015, leading concussion clinicians and researchers gathered at UPMC for the “Targeted Evaluation and Active Management” (TEAM) symposium, an unprecedented meeting and white paper designed to propose and share nationally the participants’ agreement on the best practices, protocols, and active therapies for treating concussions.
The conference discussions, led by chair Micky Collins, PhD, director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, along with co-directors Anthony Kontos, PhD, and David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, resulted in the Statement of Agreement publication. The two-day meeting was fully funded by a grant from the NFL Foundation.
As described at the symposium and in the published Statement of Agreement, research is beginning to show active rehabilitation can help people recover more quickly and safely than simply resting.