Concussion to consequence webinar – 12 days to go!

The Ovid Concussion to Consequence Webinar will be live in 12 days’ time, with Margot Putukian, Director of Athletic Medicine at Princeton University, Past President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee joining John D. Corrigan, Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation in a 60 minute discussion on topics related to concussion in sport.

The webinar goes live at 12:00hrs EST on Tuesday the 18th of October, and can be accessed here.

Dr Margot Putukian comments :

‘Concussion is a challenging injury to assess and manage, and the research is evolving at an exponential pace.  The upcoming webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the definition of concussion as well as some of the essentials regarding recognition and management of this injury.  We will discuss a comprehensive approach which includes the pre-season planning as well as sideline and post-injury assessments, return to play considerations, and finally prevention and areas of future research.  We will hope to provide a comprehensive review of a very challenging and important topic.’

In addition to these topics, there will be further discussion on the lifetime risks associated with repeated episodes of concussion, and emerging data on the delayed consequences of early episodes of concussion. Some of the evidence presented will be extrapolated from studies of armed forces veterans and other groups who have a higher incidence of early traumatic brain injuries than the general population.

It’s been over 172 years since Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, perhaps better known for his description of Dupuytren’s Contracture and his treatment of Napoleon Bonapart’s haemorrhoids, described the differences associated with unconsciousness following traumatic brain injury in individuals sustaining brain contusions compared with those without macroscopic evidence of neural damage. Our understanding of the topic of concussion has come a long way since over the years, and we have now have clear guidelines for the assessment and management of concussion in sport which have been produced by the Concussion in Sport group and published widely, including in CJSM here.

Despite this, controversies still exist such as the possibility of the existence of the ‘second impact’ syndrome, differences in return-to-play protocols based on evidence, and the issue of subsequent morbidity and mortality associated with repeated episodes of concussion in earlier life.

The Concussion to Consequence webinar should help to shed light on some of these controversial issues.

Sign up here to join in.

(Illustration – Baron Guillaume Dupuytren October 5, 1777 – February 8, 1835, available here )

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Ovid Concussion to consequence Webinar – Managing Sport-related Concussion On & Off the Field – Tuesday 18th October 2011 12:00pm EST

 Many of our readers will be involved on a regular basis with the management of sports participants with concussion, whether that is at the pitch side, at the training ground, or in a secondary or tertiary care environment.

As part of the Ovid webcast series, there is a forthcoming event on the Management of Sport-related Concussion both on and off the field on  Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 12:00PM Eastern / 9:00AM Pacific time.


Margot Putukian, Director of Athletic Medicine at Princeton University, Past President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee will be joining John D. Corrigan, Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation for a 60 minute discussion on what is known, and what is not known about managing concussion as an acute event – particularly in the context of sports, and as a marker within a person’s lifetime history of effects on brain functioning.

You can register for the Concussion to Consequence Ovid Webcast here.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Ovid Webinars and podcasts, these resources highlight a wide range of current issues in the health sciences and medicine and are well worth checking out. Archived Webinars can be found here, and the iTunes series of Ovid podcasts has free podcast downloads here.

Most of you will be familiar with the Consensus statement on Concussion in Sport from the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, 2008 which is available in full text online from CJSM, together with appendices including the second full Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2) and Pocket SCAT2.

Some questions I have for our blog readers include :

1) How useful do you find the Pocket SCAT2 in practice? What are it’s pros and cons?

2) Are you using SCAT2 as part of preparticipation evaluation baseline screening and, if so, how useful do you find it?

3) What improvements do you think could be made to SCAT2 and the Pocket SCAT2?

CJSM would like to hear your views.

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