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Sport-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) is now recognized as a major public health concern, and deciding when an athlete can safely return to participation following a concussion is the most challenging task of any sports-medicine clinician. Recent practice guidelines by the NCAA, NFL, various medical associations, and in some cases mandates by statutory law call for concussion policies that include concussion education, evaluation and management protocols, and strict return-to-play release by a healthcare provider with the appropriate training in concussion management. This presentation will cover the spectrum of sport-related TBI, including the pathophysiology and acute recovery curves on various clinical measures; and will address the chronic neurological impairment believed to be associated with concussive and sub-concussive impacts to the head.
Kevin Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor and founding director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the past seventeen years, his clinical research program has focused on sport-related concussion. In September 2011, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant,” given annually to individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.”