Concussion Education & Support

Education & Support

​If you, your child or a student athlete you coach has been affected by a concussion, know that you can turn to the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center not only for expert treatment, but also for reliable information and support. We’re committed to raising awareness and increasing understanding of this important topic.
 

Hope for concussion patients and their caregivers 

Patients who suffer traumatic head injuries often wonder, “When will I feel better?” The most important thing to do if you or someone you love is suffering from the symptoms of a concussion is to seek treatment.

Once you’ve been evaluated and you begin receiving therapy, you’re very likely to get better. The process may be slow, and it’s different for each patient, but with the right treatment and dedication to following your treatment plan, you can return to your normal level of function.
 

The latest concussion research

Recently published articles on the latest concussion research:

Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport 

Developed for use by people involved in the care of injured athletes, whether at the recreational, elite or professional level, featuring the science of concussion management and return-to-play recommendations.

The NCAA Concussion Study 
Approximately 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually in the United States, and the likelihood of serious injury may increase with repeated head trauma. This study estimates the incidence of concussion and time to recovery after concussion in collegiate football players.

Trends in Concussion Incidence in High School Sports 
Understanding the risk and trends of sports-related concussion among 12 scholastic sports may contribute to concussion detection, treatment and prevention. This study examines the incidence and relative risk of concussion in 12 high school boys’ and girls’ sports between academic years 1997-1998 and 2007-2008.

Sport-Related Concussion and Age 
Sport-related concussions (SRCs) among high school and collegiate athletes represent a significant public health concern. The Concussion in Sport Group has considered age a modifying factor in concussion outcomes. This study aims to find out if younger athletes take longer to return to neurocognitive baseline than older athletes after a SRC.

Other resources for information on concussion 

For more information and resources on concussive brain injuries, please visit: 

Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

Learn more about traumatic brain injuries from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Includes information for coaches, parents and athletes.

New York Times Concussion Health Guide
A comprehensive guide to concussions including causes, symptoms, tests, treatment and more.

Return-to-Play Guidelines
See the guidelines used by doctors to help determine when it’s safe for an athlete to return to play.

Concussion Videos 
Visit Dr. Cantu’s website for a variety of videos related to concussive brain injuries, as well as the many publications he has written on concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).