Concussion is certainly in the spotlight these days. We’ve now seen concussions keep NFL players like Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner off the field. This begs the questions: what determines the severity of a concussion? When should you see a doctor? What’s being done in sports to prevent these head injuries whether you’re an adult or a youth? In this program, sponsored by UW Medicine, Dr. Stan Herring, Co-Director of the Seattle Sports Concussion program and Seattle Seahawks Team Physician, will discuss early intervention and prevention of concussion. Andrew Little, a Certified Athletic Trainer at Seattle Children's, joins Dr. Herring as they talk about when to seek care and treatment for concussion.
The program begins with a discussion of the change in culture over the years. The old “get back in the game” attitude has changed. The experts describe the long-term and short-term risks associated with concussion. They stress that young people are more likely to suffer lasting effects than adults.
Both Dr. Herring and Mr. Little detail the signs and symptoms of discussion and when to seek care. They stress the importance of getting a thorough evaluation. Dr. Herring goes on to talk about the Lystedt Law in Washington State, the bill requires the adoption of policies for the management of concussion and head injury in youth sports, which was discussed on a Patient Power program in May of 2009. If you or someone you know has been affected by a concussion, listen to this program.
Stanley A. Herring, M.D.
Medical Director, Spine Center, Harborview Medical CenterDr. Stanley Herring is Medical Director of the Spine Center at Harborview Medical Center and Clinical Professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Herring specializes in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, with a particular interest in spinal disorders. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and went on to complete his residency at... more >
Andrew Little, M.A., ATC/L
Certified Athletic Trainer, Seattle Children's HospitalAndrew Little is a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Department of Orthopedics/Sports Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. He also servers as a Trainer for Roosevelt Highschool in Seattle. more >