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  • Feb 2015

    How Much Rest is Best?

    Most parents who have had a child with a concussion know the drill--turn off the TV, take the phone, and try to convince a normally active child to do nothing. Typically 1-2 days of strict rest is recommended, followed by a gradual return to normal activity. Now imagine this tug of war over a longer
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  • Jan 2015

    Concussion Information for Parents

    If you're a parent, then you're constantly on the job. You do your best to protect your kids from injury, you take care of them after they do inevitably get injured and then you remind them about how you were right when you told them that jumping off that second story porch onto the trampoline
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  • Jan 2015

    Ask the Physician: Dr. Franks on Sports Concussions

    What are the most important signs to look for? The most common presenting signs of concussion are headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, problems with sound, problems with light, and problems with balance and/or coordination. Patients also may not respond to questions appropriately. Patients may look dazed or confused. If any of these signs are present, they
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  • Dec 2014

    4 Reasons Why Skateboarding Concussions Are a Bigger Threat Than You Thought

    When we think about children and concussions, we generally think about football. The standard concussion graphic usually involves a brain getting jostled around inside of a football helmet (presumably after another helmet has smashed into it). But as dangerous as football can be, it comes with several built-in precautions. It's a regulated sport that involves
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  • Dec 2014

    Mystified by Her Head Problems

    Melissa Dribben from the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on one woman's journey to discover the source of her mystery headache. "One crisp morning during the fall of 2011, a 52-year-old operating-room nurse in Collegeville was walking her shih tzu when a neighbor's dog attacked them. The woman was pulled off her feet and slammed to the
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  • Nov 2014

    Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center Gives Away 365 Free Baseline Tests

    The Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center opened its doors in November of 2013 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, establishing a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Jefferson, Rothman Institute, and Will's Eye Hospital for the treatment and management of concussions. Now, the professionals at JCCC are celebrating their first anniversary in a big way. "In our first year, we had
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  • Nov 2014

    Why There's Nothing "Tough" About Ice Hockey Concussions

    The brain is a delicate organ. The average female skull is only 7.1 millimeters thick, while an average male skull is a scant 6.5 millimeters thick. Yet somehow, we're supposed to get ourselves and our kids through life without damaging the precious content of the cranium. This task is made substantially more difficult when our
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  • Oct 2014

    What Is The Sub-Concussive Blow?

    Turn on SportsCenter lately? Sign your athlete up for youth football? The word "concussion" is everywhere and we're learning what to look for--the hit, the stumbling, the dazed look, the headaches. But what about that other term, the less familiar phrase that is gaining popularity. We're talking about the sub-concussive blow. This "sub-threshold hit" refers
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