After week one, many concerned fans questioned the Eagle’s decision to put two of their players back in the game after they suffered severe head injuries by hard tackles made on the field. After being taken out of the game for good, the players were diagnosed with concussions.
The Burlington County Times featured an article about the Cooper Bone & Joint Institute's free educational forum on concussions as a result of sports related injuries. The forum, which took place at Moorestown High School on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, focused on prevention and identification of concussions as well as available treatment options.
Sports medicine professionals from the Cooper Bone & Joint Institute of Cooper University Hospital are advising parents, athletes and coaches to educate themselves about head injury and concussion before the start of the fall and winter sports seasons. They also recommend baseline brain function testing for all athletes prior to the season, and within days after a head injury.
Cutting-edge research being published tomorrow in a leading journal of neurophathology suggests a link between concussions and other brain trauma and the diagnosis of amyotrohic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. R. Robert Franks, DO, Assistant Director of Sports Medicine and Director of the Concussion Program for the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, explains the research and what it means for current concussion management.
A panel of renowned medical experts in the field of sports related concussion presented the latest scientific evidence in practical concussion management techniques, at the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) 2010 Sports Concussion Summit in Plainsboro.
Sports-related concussion has been a hot topic recently, but competitive athletes are not the only people who suffer from these serious injuries. Each month, hundreds of patients are treated in Cooper’s Emergency Department and Trauma Center for mild to severe concussions, and many more seek treatment from various Cooper outpatient offices.