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The NYU Langone Medical Center has launched the Concussion Center (CC), a multidisciplinary program staffed by adult and pediatric professionals, to better deal with what is becoming a more widespread and complex condition. The CC was launched on March 19 and introduced at a community symposium under the subject, “Head Injuries and Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know.”
CDC data shows that annually in the U.S. 1.7 million people experience some form of sudden brain trauma. Concussions represent at least 75% of traumatic brain injuries, commonly know as TBI.
“We are only just beginning to understand why some people are more susceptible to long term affects of a head trauma – and there is a tremendous need to continue educating the public about the realities of treating and preventing additional injury following a concussion,” said NYU Langone TBI expert Dr. Steven Flanagan.
A wide range of disciplines constitutes the make-up of the CC’s clinical care, including these specialty fields: “neurology and neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic sports medicine, emergency medicine, nursing, neuropsychology, neuroradiology and occupational and physical therapy – including vestibular (balance) and vision therapy.”
Research and education is a prime objective of the CC also, making “services and resources available to the community, schools and families that promote awareness, prevention and prompt recognition of head injuries.”
To learn more about the CC’s program, visit www.NYULMC.org/concussion. A replay of the symposium will be available in early April.