Recent incidents of professional football players suffering concussions – and questions surrounding the follow-up treatment they received - have thrust concussions into the national spotlight. But the problem reaches all the way down to the youth sport level. And it’s not just football; soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling – any sport that sees player-to-player contact - all see their share of concussions. What can be done to prevent concussions from occurring, improve treatment, and minimize their long-term effects?
Join us Tuesday, October 12, 1:00 to 2:00 pm eastern time, for the next entry in the ASEP Successful Coaching Webinar Series "Concussion Management, Recognition, and Treatment." This free Webinar will be conducted by Dr. Micky Collins, Chief Clinical Officer, ImPACT Applications, Inc., and Assistant Director, Sports Medicine Concussion Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Aimed at sport coaches, administrators, athletic trainers, school nurses, and physical education teachers, the Webinar will:
- define what a concussion is,
- explain how a concussion occurs,
- demonstrate how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion,
- establish return to play – and return to life – guidelines,
- and highlight case studies involving concussions.
The Webinar is limited to the first 500 registrants who gain access on October 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Click here to register for the Webinar.
For those unable to attend the live Webinar, it will be available for viewing at a later date.
Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion. A leading clinician and researcher, Dr. Collins is the assistant director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Established in 2000, it is the first and largest research and clinical program focused on the diagnosis, evaluation and management of sports-related mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of all levels. Dr. Collins’ expertise attracts many elite and professional athletes from around the world to seek his comprehensive care.
Co-founder of ImPACT Applications, Inc., Dr. Collins diagnoses patients using ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. One of the keys to ImPACT’s approach to concussion management is to compare an athlete’s post-concussive performance and symptoms to a baseline (pre-concussion) level for that athlete. Dr. Collins has been instrumental in the development of numerous concussion management programs at the youth sports level nationwide. He has become a national leader in teaching and implementing the proper use of baseline and post-injury neuro-cognitive testing as a tool to help determine injury severity and recovery for safe return to play for young athletes. In addition to training hundreds of physicians and athletic trainers in the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion, he was the co-lead author of the Centers for Disease Control’s "Concussion Tool Kit for Physicians," which has been disseminated nationwide to several physician subspecialties as an education standard regarding concussion management. He is an advisor to numerous athletic organizations, including USA Rugby, US Lacrosse, and Cirque De Soleil, as well as a concussion consultant for several other national and international sports organizations and teams.
In addition to his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Collins has been a lead author on several major groundbreaking studies of high school and college athletes published in JAMA, Neurosurgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Pediatrics, and an author on more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles for other prestigious medical journals. The North American Brain Injury Society recognized Dr. Collins with the 2005 Innovations in Treatment Award, given annually to an individual for developing and implementing innovative and efficacious treatment for persons with brain injuries.