A test that measures cognitive impairment after a concussion is helping coaches and doctors realize that young athletes are sometimes sent back to the playing field too quickly after suffering a head injury. Two neuropsychologists and an athletic trainer answered your questions on concussions.
Dr. Mark Lovell is a neuropsychologist and founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He and his team developed the postconcussion cognitive testing computer program IMPACT (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). He has worked with the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and other organizations to implement postconcussion testing.
Dr. Mickey Collins is a neuropsychologist and assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He specializes in studying concussions in children.
William Siegel is a Certified Athletic Trainer and the head trainer for the Freeport Area School District in Freeport, PA. He has worked as an athletic trainer in both college and high school settings.