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Every Concussion Is Different, Says Dr. Robert Cantu

While concussions share certain characteristics, every concussion is unique to that particular individual, says Dr. Robert Cantu, and requires individualized management.

Parents and Athletes Need To Know Post-Concussion Signs and Symptoms, Says Dr. Robert Cantu

Dr. Robert Cantu says it is extremely important that parents and athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  Not only do athletes need to self-report symptoms, says Dr. Cantu, but they should let the coaching and medical staff know if a teammate is experiencing symptoms.  It just might save his life.

Higher Concussion Risk for Girls Puzzles Experts

The findings in a recent study in the Journal of Athletic Training that female athletes are more prone to concussions than male athletes and take longer to recover are hard to explain, says Dr. Robert Cantu, but may due to several factors.

Concussions: When To See Specialist

Only where an athlete continues to experience post-concussion signs or symptoms for more than a week is consultation with a concussion specialist recommended, says Dr. Robert Cantu.

Dr. Robert Cantu Praises MomsTeam's Education of Youth Sports Parents On Concussion Dangers

Noted sports concussion expert, Dr. Robert C. Cantu,  discusses how he became involved in MomsTeam's efforts to educate youth sports parents on concussion dangers.

Concussion Management: Pro-Active Parents Needed

Parents should not be passive bystanders when it comes to the subject of concussions in sports. There are many things parents can do to minimize the risks that their child will suffer a concussion while playing sports and, more importantly, is not allowed to return to play too soon

Second Impact Syndrome Risk Requires Caution in Return-to-Play Decision

The last five to ten years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases of second impact syndrome (SIS) which occurs when an athlete who sustains head trauma, i.e. a traumatic brain injury - often a concussion or worse, such as a cerebral contusion (bruised brain) - sustains a second head injury before signs of a concussion with the first have cleared.

Updating My Concussion Grading Guidelines

In the July-September 2001 issue of the Journal Of Athletic Training devoted exclusively to the subject of concussions in athletes, I proposed some modifications to a set of concussion grading guidelines I first issued in 1986 based on my experience in the fifteen years since.

Preventing Concussions in Sports

Some concussions in sports such as football, soccer, ice hockey, track and field, swimming, diving, cheerleading, spirit and cheer can be prevented

About Dr. Cantu

Currently Dr. Cantu's professional responsibilities include those of Clinical Professor Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; Founding member and Chairman Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute, Boston, MA; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Co-Director, Neurologic Sports Injury Center, Chairman Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. Dr. Cantu also consults with numerous NFL, NHL and NBA teams.

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