About The Concussion Discussion
The seeds of the concussiondiscussion.org site grew out of the tragic death of a well known actress in early 2009. She was injured in what seemed a relatively minor ski accident. Within 24 hours, she had succumbed to the trauma.
Patients and friends asked us, "How could this happen?" In our conversations, it became apparent that many active and sports-oriented people had little or no understanding of the potential dangers of a concussion. The threat of concussion is possibly greater than in times past, as more and more people attempt to remain active participants in sport. Seniors are skiing well into their seventies, and the media is encouraging the participation of young people in all kinds of sporting activities. Physical activity is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, and we encourage everyone to get up, get out, and get moving. However, it is important to be aware of the health risks that come with sporting activities.
As neurosurgeons and as sports enthusiasts, we came to the conclusion that an educational website intended for coaches, trainers, and athletes and their families might be of benefit to the public. Nearly a year has passed since those initial discussions, and we're happy to welcome you to the concussiondiscussion.org.
The site is intended to become a treasure trove of the best available information on concussions and brain trauma, designed for Americans who want to enjoy the challenges and rewards of sporting activity, while being aware of and limiting the risks of injury.
If you have suggestions for the site, or would like to participate, please don't hesitate to contact us.