Concussion Expert Says Jury Still Out on Whether Concussions Increase Risk of Suicide

Gary Solomon, MD, presented a lecture on Concussion and Mental Health on April 16 at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in Dallas, TX.Giving The Green Light To Drive After Head Trauma

The 2016 conference, with more than 1,600 sports medicine physicians attending from throughout the United States and around the world, explores current decisions, controversies as well as best practices that define the clinical practice of sports medicine.

Dr. Solomon, clinical neuropsychologist and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, works with both the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans and has a research interest in sports-related concussions. One of the major topics he addressed is whether concussions cause depression and/or suicide.

He presented an overview of scientific studies on the topic. Despite some media reports, he concludes that “there is poor quality evidence regarding a causative relationship of sport-related concussion and psychiatric illness as well as suicide and further research is needed in this area,” he said.

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