Importance of Removal from Play following Concussion

One of the main tenets of state concussion laws passed around the U.S. in the last decade has typically been mandatory removal from play for athletes following a suspected concussion.  Now two studies published in the last year demonstrate one of the reasons why this is so important. The first study, published in the Journal[…]

Behind the Scenes: Updating Oklahoma’s Concussion Law

On June 6, 2016, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law SB 1164 which in common terms is simply known as the concussion bill. Governor Fallin’s signature on this bill completes a two year journey and gut wrenching defeat to update legislation in 2014.  On November 1st, SB 1164 officially went into effect and now[…]

The Psychological Impact of Concussion(s) on Student-Athletes

  Over the last few months I believe we have all observed an increase in the number of student-athletes undergoing concussion evaluations and protocols compared to previous years and more and more professional and student-athletes are being required to sit out. This is certainly a step in the right direction and, if we continue to[…]

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PCS

Up until a few years ago, I could readily admit that prolonged concussion recoveries were often influenced by mental health concerns, but had some difficulty in addressing those issues. The glaring problem back then was a lack of coordinated resources and minimal professional collaboration between physicians and mental health professionals. My ability to confidently suggest[…]

Lost and Found

I want to start off by amending my introduction to the topic of mental health and concussions. The two aspects that I pinpointed that impact our ability to ask for help were vulnerability and stigma; however, as I sat down to write about my mental health difficulties I realized there is a third one: talking[…]