UPMC Center for Sports Medicine http://wesa.fm en Pitt Researchers Testing New Method To Better 'See' Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-testing-new-method-better-see-concussions <p>From major league athletes to children, more than 1.7 million Americans sustain concussions each year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why the University of Pittsburgh and </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received a $300,000 grant from General Electric and the NFL for a project to find a better way to “see” concussions.</span></p><p>The Pitt researchers are testing high definition fiber-tracking (HDFT) to determine if it can accurately and consistently aid in determining a diagnosis of concussion and injury prognosis.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:15:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 23247 at http://wesa.fm Reducing the Impact of Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/reducing-impact-concussions <p>Americans have become <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/varsity-xtra-numbers-game-rosters-dwindle-with-concussions-as-culprit-702197/">increasingly concerned</a> about contact sports and whether they should be played by children.</p><p>Dr. Anthony Kontos, UPMC Concussion Program Assistant Director of Research, says this may be a knee jerk reaction to increased awareness of injuries and recent NFL <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-09-04/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-concussion-settlement-lawsuit-revenue">lawsuits</a>.</p><p>His <a href="http://www.upmc.com/Services/sports-medicine/services/concussion/Pages/default.aspx">latest research</a> focuses on concussions in youth football for players under the age of 12. The studies confirm that concussions primarily occur during games. One finding that Kontos says may surprise people is the fact that 8, 9 and 10-year-olds who’ve played tackle football incur fewer concussions than previously thought. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:45:03 +0000 Nick Frost 16227 at http://wesa.fm Reducing the Impact of Concussions Energy Drinks http://wesa.fm/post/energy-drinks <p><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">You can’t help but notice the amount of products on the market to help you fight that tired feeling. Drinks like Red Bull, Monster and five-hour energy shots are supposed to give you a much-needed jolt. But, how safe are these products? We’ll find out from&nbsp;</span><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">Leslie Bonci</strong><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">&nbsp;director of sports nutrition at the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.upmc.com/services/sports-medicine/pages/default.aspx" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-transition: background-color 0.15s linear, border-color, color, opacity; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px; color: rgb(131, 1, 105); text-decoration: underline;">UPMC Center for Sports Medicine</a><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; font-size: 21px; line-height: 33px;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:26:08 +0000 Rebekah Zook 1956 at http://wesa.fm Energy Drinks