After the success of our last two themed issues on geriatric trauma and the work our members are doing to combat the opioid epidemic, we’ve decided not to mess with success and continue with theme-specific newsletters. This edition shines a spotlight on sports medicine and is once again organized by our outstanding resident Newsletter Editor, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. We have great articles focusing on concussion prevention and sports injury epidemiology (just in time for summer backyard football) as well as exertional heat stroke (be careful when running on the beach!). We also focus on the ACEP/CDC guidelines, for those of us who haven’t seen them in a while.Read More »
Concussion Prevention and the Future of American Football
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The concussion epidemic has captured significant attention in the mainstream media and the sports medicine community over the past several years. On the heels of a landmark NFL settlement and growing concerns over chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the safety of American football has come under scrutiny. It should be no surprise, then, that the future of the sport is at a crossroads.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) in the Emergency Department
In the United States, an estimated 2.5 million people annually present to the emergency department with TBI with 87% of the patients treated and discharged from the ED. Patients with traumatic brain injury of varying severity are managed by multiple services (neurology, trauma, neurosurgery, and emergency medicine) in most institutions. MTBI patients are often managed in the ED and present with a variety of symptoms including headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, and personality changes. As many as 62% of patients post MTBI continue to have one or more of these symptoms at 3 months post injury [2, 3]. The increasing attention in the media, athletic, and military communities have highlighted the cognitive dysfunction and psychosocial impairment that is less well managed once the physical trauma has been managed.Read More »