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New data says concussions might take longer for high school athletes to heal from than previously thought. 

UPMC concussion specialist Micky Collins unveiled new insight into how concussions effect the teenage brain at a symposium for youth sports medicine Wednesday at Heinz Field. 

The results are from a study of more than 300 concussed high school athletes in western Pennsylvania. There are a few reasons the current data is showing longer recovery time than in years past, according to Collins. 

UPMC Concussion Expert To Attend Federal Review Roundtable

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After years of controversy surrounding the effects and treatments for concussions and in light of the recent release of the movie, ‘Concussion,’ Energy and Commerce Committee leaders announced last month that they’d hold a broad review of these types of injuries. Although the snow has prevented this week’s meetings, we’ll talk with Dr. Michael Collins, Director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, who was scheduled to testify. An internationally renowned head trauma expert, Dr. Collins will share how he expects the discussions to transpire and what input he plans to provide. 

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Conventional wisdom has prescribed prolonged rest for concussions and traumatic brain injuries, but researchers now say such an approach might do more harm than good.

More than three dozen clinicians from multiple disciplines met in Pittsburgh last week to develop best practices and protocols for concussion treatment.

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Most Penguins’ fans would be aware Sidney Crosby missed 46 games in 2013 due to a concussion, but a recent Harris poll conducted for UPMC found that the vast majority of American adults are unaware of the definition of a concussion and that it is a treatable injury.

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Each year between 1.7 and 3 million people end up with a sports- and recreation-related concussion in the U.S. That’s according to statistics gathered by the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, which see more than 17,000 patients a year.

This fall, concussion experts from around the country will come to Pittsburgh to discuss the treatment of the mild traumatic brain injury.

“Thirty to 35 of the greatest scientific minds around the country will be meeting as a group to hopefully achieve an understanding and consensus on outlining active approaches to treating this injury,” said Micky Collins, executive and clinical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

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Before student athletes return to school in the fall they’re required to get physical exams. In recent years, an important part of the athlete’s preparation has become baseline testing for concussions. Joining us to address the importance of this testing are Dr. Jonathan French, a neuropsychologist and clinical instructor at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Patrick Huber director of the Heads UP program at UPMC.