Current Issues in Scholastic Concussions: Return to Play Plus Return to Learn

In the past few years, experts in the field of concussion have come to the realization that cognitive demands, much like physical demands, can worsen symptoms and can delay recovery.

While the end result of continuing to push through cognitive exertion has yet to cause catastrophic brain damage or death, it would be wrong to believe that there are no risks at all. In concussion management, both Return to Play and Return to Learn are common and important terms, but they are not parallel processes. To date, there are no agreed upon formulas for return to learning.

The Connecticut State Medical Society hosted a concussion program on 4/28/15, featuring presentations by experts in pediatrics, orthopaedics and  orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and sports medicine. 2015-04-28 19.28.13

Note: Presentations and graphics should not be copied or used in any form without the presenters’ written permission. Please contact CSMS for assistance.

Carl Nissen, MD – Moderator

Dr. Nissen is the Director of Elite Sports Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health Center, and a research scientist at CCMC Injury Prevention Center.

David Wang, MD, MS – Concussion Overview

Dr. Wang is the Medical Director of Elite Sports Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) specializing in nonsurgical techniques for musculoskeletal conditions affecting the athlete and is active in concussion research. He received a grant from the U.S. Figure Skating Association to study the affects of spinning on cranial forces.

Karen Laugel, MD, FAAP – Return to Learn I

Dr. Laugel is the Medical Director at HeadZone Concussion Care and the President of ConcussionCORPS. She chairs the CT – American Academy of Pediatrics TBI-RTL Initiative; she is a also a  a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of CT and the CT Concussion Task Force. Dr. Laugel is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Quinnipiac University Medical School.

Mike Lee, MD – Return to Learn II

Dr. Lee is the CEO and Medical Director of Pediatric Healthcare Associates. He is a member of the CT Concussion Task Force, and is a Clinical Attending Physician in the Yale Department of Pediatrics.

Anthony Alessi, MD, FAAN – Return to Play

Dr. Alessi is a board-certified neurologist specializing in neuromuscular diseases and sports medicine. He hosts  “Healthy Rounds with Dr. Anthony Alessi” on WTIC, and is the author of Healthy Sports: A Doctor’s Lessons for a Winning Lifestyle and Lift Up Your Hearts: Healing Haiti, Land of Hardship. Dr. Alessi is also an on-air contributor for ESPN and a ringside physician for the Connecticut State Boxing Commission.



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