Concussion Issues
Concussions Misunderstood and Feared by Most Americans
Oct 1, 2015 - 2:52:49 PM

( - PITTSBURGH, Oct. 1, 2015 - A survey of U.S. adults found that the vast majority do not know the definition of a concussion and many do not know the injury is treatable. The national survey of 2,012 Americans age 18 and over was conducted in April by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC. The survey further showed that, despite a lack of knowledge and understanding, there is a high level of concern and even fear across the country.

"This survey highlights the myths about concussion and the need for education. The reality is that we have made tremendous progress in the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of this injury." said Micky Collins, Ph.D., executive and clinical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. "The study results are cause for concern because, given these advances, parents should not be living in fear. Sports can be an integral part in a child's physical and social development. As clinicians and scientists, we need to disseminate more accurate information," added Dr. Collins.

"We see this injury all day long and we also see that with proper management, kids recover and return to play. With careful evaluation and treatment by a well-trained specialist, even the most complex injuries are manageable," said Erin Reynolds, Psy.D., fellowship director of UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of UPMC between April 16 to 23, 2015 among 2,012 U.S. adults age 18 or older, 948 of whom are parents. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Deana Percassi, Harris Poll, 585-214-7212.

Nation's Top Concussion Experts Will Meet at UPMC Oct. 15-16
At an unprecedented event at UPMC on Oct. 15 and 16, nearly 30 leading, independent concussion clinicians and researchers from around the United States will convene in Pittsburgh for the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion meeting. The meeting will conclude with a press conference featuring several experts who will propose standard guidelines on the best practices, protocols and active therapies for treating concussions today. The participants will develop a white paper to be published in the medical journal Neurosurgery. For more information and to view the survey results, visit

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