concussion | On the Brain

“Concussion clinic improves care through integration of specialties
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, with transient brain impairment that naturally resolves, but can have prolonged symptoms for some individuals. The Concussion Treatment Clinic within our sports medicine department is constantly assessing how to best diagnose, treat and help people recover from concussions. Our aim is to treat the whole person by approaching the problem from multiple angles with early and action-oriented intervention, but with enough flexibility to help individuals at any … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Ask our Expert, Brain Trauma
On: Friday, November 17, 2017
Tags: concussion, sports medicine

Discovering the latest in TBI research, evaluation and treatment
For many graduate students, myself included, conferences and symposiums are little more than an opportunity to stuff your face with free food, nervously defend your most bewildering preliminary data, and awkwardly attempt what socially adept people call “networking”. However, last week’s TBI symposium was different. It offered attendees a crash course on what scientists and clinicians from around the country were learning about TBI. Being brand new to the research world of traumatic brain injury, … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Ask our Expert, Behavioral Neuroscience, Brain Trauma, Events, Neuroscience, Research
On: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Tags: concussion, TBI, traumatic brain injury

Innovative technologies used for the assessment of concussion and TBI
Neuropsychologists measure the relationship between how the brain is functioning and how people think and act as a result. Although they have incorporated advances in brain imaging to improve our understanding of brain-behavior relationships, the field has been slow to embrace technology to improve our assessments of a patient’s ability to perform everyday activities like the ability to drive or predict performance in the classroom. Many of our paper-and-pencil tests have been computerized, but this … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Ask our Expert, Brain Trauma, Neuroscience, Research
On: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tags: concussion, neuropsychology, TBI, virtual reality

The role of the athletic trainer in the concussion clinic
For many years athletic trainers have been on the sidelines helping concussed athletes, starting with the initial injury through the return-to-play process, and back onto the field. We use our education and skills to assess and treat injured athletes, to make sure they don’t re-enter the game with concussion symptoms, to help them get the support they need in the school setting, and to collaborate with team physicians to make sure these athletes can safely … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Brain Trauma
On: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tags: athletes, athletic trainer, concussion, concussion management, sports medicine

Headers in soccer are a leading cause of concussion
American Football may still be the leading concussion injury for all sports in the US, but soccer caused the second highest number of concussions in high school sports. Soccer is also the number one cause of concussions for girls in high school sports. Furthermore, women soccer players sustain about 1.7 times more concussions than male soccer players. The cause of this is unknown, but may be related to the aggressive style of play in women’s soccer, resulting … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Brain Trauma
On: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tags: concussion, soccer, sports, sports medicine

Get back in the game with ImPACT concussion testing
Having worked in the high school setting as an athletic trainer for eight years before coming to the OHSU Sports Medicine department, I have found that concussion management is one of the most complex tasks for a high school athletic trainer to facilitate. Between the on-the-field examination to determine if the athlete has a concussion, educating the coaching staff and parents on concussion management, following up with the school administration and staff regarding accommodations for the … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Ask our Expert, Brain Trauma
On: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Tags: athletes, concussion, concussion management, ImPACT testing, sports medicine

Researcher seeks better ways to care for people post-concussion
The research surrounding concussions has been a heavy topic of discussion and strides are being taken to incorporate research findings into clinical and practical care of people post-concussion. This attempt to provide evidence-based care to our athletes was recently punctuated at the the Sports and Health Research Program Stakeholders Board Meeting, organized by the Foundation for the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Washington DC. In attendance were several NIH funded investigators, NIH program officers and representatives … Read More

Posted by: Jennette Zarko in Brain Trauma, Research
On: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tags: concussion, fifa, nfl, nhl, research, sports injury

Next OHSU brain awareness lecture: fighting traumatic brain injury
The impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on society are staggering. How staggering? Consider these numbers: • Each year in the U.S., 3.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. • TBI is one of the leading causes of death and disability in America. Each year, 53,000 Americans die due to TBI. • Eight teenagers die every day in the U.S. from TBI. • There are 5 million Americans living with … Read More

Posted by: Todd Murphy in Brain Awareness Lecture Series, Brain Trauma
On: Friday, February 14, 2014
Tags: Brain Awareness Season Lecture Series, concussion, Janet Carbary, One Mind for Research, Peter Chiarelli, traumatic brain injury

Brain News Roundup: ‘Seeing’ emotions, concussions and ‘multi-tasking’
Scientists can now see “sad” and “happy” in our brains. More news on the impact of concussions, including long-term impacts. And a roundup of more brain news, including fatherhood and our (mistaken) belief about how well we multi-task. • Scientists have discovered a way to “see” emotions with brain imaging technology, according to a recent study. Beyond being just plain fascinating, scientists hope the findings could bring a new way to analyze emotions beyond people’s … Read More

Posted by: Todd Murphy in Brain Trauma, Neuroscience, News, Research
On: Friday, June 28, 2013
Tags: Alzheimer’s, brain imaging, concussion, emotions, fatherhood, hormones, multi-tasking

Recovering from concussion: a long haul but I’m getting there
The first time I got hit was November 15, 2008, during my freshman year at Aloha High School, at basketball practice. I dove, a girl moved her knee and I smashed into it with my forehead. I was dizzy, confused, nauseated and my head was pounding. Three weeks later, I was shooting around with a friend when a basketball hit me on the head. Since I was not symptom free from my first concussion, my … Read More



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