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Concussion Management

An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. The lack of proper management and diagnosis can lead to serious problems, including depression, more head traumas, and even death. On this episode of Health Link we examine concussion management and the new legislation to help protect young athletes.

Guests

Rick Knizek, ATC
Rick Knizek, ATC is a certified athletic trainer at Shenendehowa Central Schools.  He is a leader for the Section 2 Concussion Management Team.

Hamish Kerr, MD
Dr. Hamish Kerr trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Hamish Kerr specializes in sports medicine and exercise physiology for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Kerr is an expert in the management of sports injuries, especially concussions. Fueled by his passion for sports, Dr. Kerr is involved with a variety of sports teams and associations, including serving as the director of medical services for Siena College’s athletic teams. 
Biography of Dr. Hammish Kerr from Capital Region Orthopaedics

Kenneth Shapiro, MD
Dr. Kenneth Shapiro joined Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in 1989 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.  He serves as medical director of Sunnyview's Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and is also a consulting physiatrist at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. He is a clinical instructor of physical medicine and rehabilitation for Albany Medical Center's residency training program.

Related Resources

Brain Injury Association of New York State

Upstate Medical University Concussion Management Program

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Traumatic Brain Injury Information

Sports Concussion Management Program from Northeast Health

Center for College and University Concussion Assessment, Management and Testing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association

Sports Concussion Institute

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