March 31, 2014 1 Comment
“In like a lion, out like a lamb,” that’s what they say about March.
To the extent that expression applies to the weather this month and to this blog, I think 2014 may be the exception that proves the rule! We may be going out like a lion in both areas.
The east coast of North America is ready for spring, but this month that opened up with winter is ending the same way. If there was an outdoor lacrosse game in Buffalo, New York this weekend, the players were dealing with snow!
As for this blog, we opened the month with a post that had both sound and teeth, like the proverbial carnivore itself: our first podcast was a discussion with Drs. Neil Craton and Oliver Leslie, the authors of the March 2014 CJSM lead editorial, Time to Re-Think the Zurich Guidelines: a Critique on the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. I continue to hear about this editorial, on social media, on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine email ListServ, and most recently at a symposium on concussions held at Ohio State University (OSU). It has stirred a tremendous amount of interest. And so I thought it would be fitting to end the month where we started, with the subject of concussion in sport.
The featured speaker of the OSU symposium was Kevin Guskiewicz, who spoke about “Sports concussions: paranoia or legitimate concern?” Both he and Dr. Jim Borchers, the Ohio State Team Physician, mentioned the editorial critique in their respective talks.
If you follow the literature on sport-related concussions, you most certainly will come across Dr. Guskiewicz’s name. He has contributed mightily to the research on several dimensions of this injury. And so it was a pleasure to hear him speak for an hour on the subject.
As the title of his talk would indicate, Dr. Guskiewicz took as his theme the fear surrounding sport-related concussion. Dr. Guskiewicz did an admirable job underscoring the importance of both the injury (concussion) and the need to avoid throwing out the baby with the bathwater: eliminating collision sports such as American football out of possibly misplaced concern over short- and long-term deleterious effects on the brain. The high points of his talk focused on the various aspects of sport amenable to change which can minimize injury risk and maximize participation.
I especially enjoyed his approach because, in many respects, it is the work that he and a few others have done (amplified by the media) that has helped unleash the beast of “concussion fear.” Read more of this post