Sports Medicine

March 29, 2013

Using Your Head: Mayo Clinic finding a way to diagnose concussions with more certainty

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

At the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, neurologists are discovering new ways to diagnose concussions. Research shows that autonomic reflex testing, which measures involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently shows significant changes in those with concussions. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting held in San Diego last […]

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Tags: American Academy of Neurology, autonomic reflex testing, blood pressure, Chicago Health, concussion, diagnosis, heart rate


March 26, 2013

Concussion center to fill need in the Valley

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The Banner Concussion Center at Good Samaritan Hospital hopes to reduce the wait for specialists by offering physicians, neuropsychologists, vestibular therapists, athletic trainers, audiologists and vision therapists under one roof…More than 3,000 people visit Good Smaritan’s emergency room annually with head trauma, he said. That’s just a fraction of the number of injured people in […]

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Tags: Arizona Republic, Banner Concussion Center, concussion, Dr. Bert Vargas, Good Samaritan Hospital, head trauma, Mayo Clinic in Arizona’s Comprehensive Concussion Program


March 21, 2013

Concussion Testing Method Diagnoses Traumatic Brain Injury with Heart Rate, Blood Pressure

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Now, neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have taken a major step toward an accurate biological marker for concussion testing. Their research shows that autonomic reflex testing, which measures automatic changes in heart rate and blood pressure, consistently shows changes in people who suffer concussions.   Medical Daily by Ashik Siddique

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Tags: autonomic reflex testing, biological marker, blood pressure, concussion, concussion testing, heart rate, Medical Daily, traumatic brain injury


March 21, 2013

Blunt Force Drama

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Unfortunately, existing concussion statistics – how many athletes sustain them, how many suffer multiple concussions – are worryingly incomplete. Neurologist Dr. Davis Dodick, a concussion specialist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, speculates that adding asymptomatic “silent concussions” and unreported concussions would balloon current estimates to alarming figures.   Phoenix Magazine by Wynter Holden

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Tags: concussion, Dr. David Dodick, multiple concussions, Phoenix Magazine, silent concussions, statistics, unreported concussion


March 21, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich Karl Oestreich (@KarlWOestreich)

    March 21, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: ABC News, AP, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, BusinessWeek, Cancer, cervical cancer, Choline, Choline C 11, concussion


March 19, 2013

Docs Say Keep Trained Eye on Possible Concussions

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Dr. David Dodick, a concussion expert at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix who was familiar with highlights of the new document, said they contain “no great revelations” beyond what experts know already. He noted that the guidelines state that the first 10 days after a concussion are the period of highest risk for being diagnosed […]

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Tags: athletes, concussion, concussion risk, Dr. David Dodick, NBC Sports, recovery


March 14, 2013

Upbeat developments for Nick Blackburn

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

The other reason he’s in good spirits is that his wife, Alicia, is pregnant with twins and is in the clear after battling complications. It wasn’t an easy offseason for the family. Blackburn made several trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to visit Dr. Richard Berger, the specialist who discovered the problem in his […]

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Tags: Dr. Richard Berger, Major League Baseball, Nick Blackburn, Star Tribune, surgery, wrist surgery


March 7, 2013

Graeme Swann to miss New Zealand Test series with elbow injury

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Graeme Swann is to undergo a second operation on his right elbow that he hopes will have him fully fit for the back-to-back Ashes series…”But I’ve got every faith in the surgeon Shawn O’Driscoll at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester because he’s the world leader.” Following the operation, Swann will undergo a course of rehabilitation […]

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Tags: CRM machine, Dr. Shawn O'Driscoll, elbow surgery, Graeme Swann, rehabilitation, The Guardian


March 6, 2013

Getting back to his old self, Mardy Fish awaits his return to the tour after 6 months away

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Mardy Fish eased his way back into big-time tennis with an exhibition match against top-ranked Novak Djokovic…Fish said he visited the Mayo Clinic “to make sure everything is working properly and it is.” For three months, Fish didn’t leave the house, work out or play tennis. One benefit to laying low was that the time […]

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Tags: Mardy Fish, tendinitis, tennis, Washington Post


February 20, 2013

What Parents Need to Know – and Do – About Their Teenagers and Sports Concussions

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Dr. David Dodick is president of the American Migraine Foundation and immediate past-president of the American Headache Society.  He is also Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Arizona…This year, Take Your Family to School Week events will educate families on […]

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Tags: American Headache Society, American Migraine Foundation, concussions, Dr. David Dodick, PTA Newsroom, Take Your Family to School Week


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