Virginia Concussion Initiative Works Alongside Schools to Develop Protocols Guidelines (Part Two)

One of the key reasons for the Virginia Concussion Initiative was the realization that the one- size-fits-all approach from some of the national and even international messaging sources don’t always consider local resources and the ability of local communities and medical providers to have the ability to quickly implement best practices in their particular community. Read More

Virginia’s Concussion Initiative Strives to Standardize Student Care

To assist school districts in developing concussion protocols that work best for their districts and provide a quality standardized level of student care, the Virginia Concussion Initiative (VCI) was formed. The initiative’s overarching goal is to support Virginia’s school divisions, helping them develop and implement more effective policies that help not only the students, but Read More

Concussion Danger Signs

The Centers for Disease Control’s website, Heads Up, focuses on keeping kids and teens safe and healthy, particularly from head injuries and concussion. The site helps parents, teachers, coaches, etc., recognize, respond to and even minimize the risk of serious head injury, including concussion. There are times when despite all precautions, a child or teen Read More

Pre-Existing Conditions May Lengthen Concussion Recovery (Part One of Two)

A concussion can often worsen symptoms in an adult or child who has pre-existing conditions that affect the brain, such as learning disorders, attention deficit, depression, anxiety and migraines. Dr. Nathan Cook, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Sports Concussion Program, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, is part of the Virginia Concussion Initiative and works primarily with “outlier” cases, Read More

Community Interventions Can Help Prevent Concussions in Elderly (Part Two of Two)

Fall prevention among older adults is a significant issue, says Nelson Cortes, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, George Mason University Sports Medicine Assessment, Research & Testing (SMART) Laboratory. “The work I do specifically is not necessarily to prevent a traumatic brain injury. What we do is develop interventions in the community that can help Read More