ImPACT® data that has been collected on high school athletes is currently being analyzed to examine gender effects, symptoms effecting recovery, and possible return to play decisions based on a database of over 10,000 visits when ImPACT was administered. This includes multiple investigators across the multi-disciplinary team at Children’s and involves three separate studies.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Advanced fMRI technology, morphometry, and cardiovascular paradigms are being utilized to assess frontal lobe function in the brain for high school football players. This includes neuropsychological testing and ImPACT to monitor recovery of function and symptoms affecting our communities athletes. This initiative was grant funded and is open thought the current football season.
We are presently analyzing data from our outcomes study for concussion education and the impact this has had on practice patterns for our local pediatricians. Using our continuing medical education (CME) modules via the web, the Children's Concussion program has created a venue from which further education can be gained from our primary care settings to provide quality care at a lower cost.
"Clinical Commentary: Pediatric Sports Specific Return to Play Guidelines following Concussion"
Authors: Keith H. May, P.T., D.P.T., S.C.S., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., David L. Marshall, M.D., Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP/CN, David M. Popoli, M.D., John A. Polikandriotis, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, FACHE. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Volume 9, Number 2. April 2014. Page 242
"CHOA concussion consensus: establishing a uniform policy for academic accommodations"
Authors: David Popoli, M.D., Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP/CN,, Meehan WP 3rd, Andrew Reisner, M.D. Clinical Pediatrics. 2014 Mar;53(3):217-24. doi: 10.1177/0009922813499070. Epub 2013 Aug 19.
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