Associate Professor Alan Pearce of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, Neuro Sports Labs, and the Australian Sports Brain Bank is a trove of knowledge and current information about brain injury, including concussion, CTE, persistent concussion symptoms (PCS), especially regarding Australian sports. We discuss all of that and more, including, psychological issues often seen after brain injury, Australian Rules Football, and a surprising (to me anyway) uptick in ice hockey popularity down under.
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Episode 107 - Concussion Rehab from High School to Pro with Lenore Herget, PT, DPT
36:08Dr. Lenore Herget joins me for to talk about her work as a PT, DPT at Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine. Lenore treats concussed athletes from high school to pro; she is a member of the New England Patriots Medical Staff and serves as the Concussion Rehabilitation Consultant to the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, Home Base Program and the Mass General Sports Concussion Clinic. As mentioned in episode 103, Lenore will be instructing "Physical Therapy Examination" in the Concussion Corner Academy Course. We also talk about visuo-vestibular treatment, and the importance of the cervical spine during examination and treatment of concussion. Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
BRAINIAC - Ep 2.2 - Coaches&Athletes; Together Against Concussions w/ VB Coach, Kristine Drakich
43:56On this month’s episode of Brainiac we are joined by Kristine Drakich, Head Coach of the U of T Women’s Volleyball Team. Coach Drakich provides a unique perspective on the role that coaches play in fostering a team culture that prioritizes concussion awareness and encourages the reporting of injury. Stefan and Coach Drakich also take stock of how much the concussion space has changed throughout her time as a coach at U of T and touch on some of the challenges coaches face when working with athletes who are injured. Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
Episode 106 - Surfing & Brain Injury/PCS with Bjorn Hazelquist (Strength in Pain Foundation)
28:40Surfing is a sport that lends itself quite obviously to spills and if you watch any amount of it, it's fairly easy to see why surfers are no strangers to dangerous situations! Bjorn Hazelquist is a surfer on the pro qualification circuit, and has started the Strength in Pain Foundation to both raise awareness of brain injury/concussion/PCS in the surfing community and raise awareness of treatment that took such a long time to reach him. On November 16, 2021, Bjorn hosted a seminar, available on his Instagram profile, "Surfer's Brain Injury & Concussion Summit" Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
Episode 105 - Resilience, Readiness, Recovery; with Sun Sachs (CEO & Co-Founder of Rewire Fitness)
30:05The Rewire Fitness app is geared towards athletes, but after learning more about it, and after talking to Sun Sachs, I can see an obvious correlation to brain injury/concussion recovery. The app is "designed to holistically quantify athlete readiness, build mental resilience, and improve mind/body recovery." I talk to Sun about the three pillars of the Rewire Fitness program; Train, Diagnose, Recover. There is also the Rewire Fitness Podcast where, to quote Sun, they "geek out" about neuro-performance and the three pillars mentioned above. Link to Rewire Fitness's special offer on concussiontalk.com - Podcast description for this episode. Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
Keep Your Head Up - Free Virtual Mindfulness and Movement Programs
12:17Are you a Canadian resident impacted by traumatic brain injury, including concussion? The Keep Your Head Up Foundation is launching free virtual mindfulness and movement programs beginning in January 2022! Registration is limited and opens on Friday November 12th, 2021. Listen to this podcast to hear from co-founders Felicia and Allie, who share more about the type of programs offered, how to register, and answer frequently asked questions!
Episode 104 - Brain Injury Research; PCS, CTE, sport & Australia (Associate Prof Alan Pearce)
45:29Associate Professor Alan Pearce of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, Neuro Sports Labs, and the Australian Sports Brain Bank is a trove of knowledge and current information about brain injury, including concussion, CTE, persistent concussion symptoms (PCS), especially regarding Australian sports. We discuss all of that and more, including, psychological issues often seen after brain injury, Australian Rules Football, and a surprising (to me anyway) uptick in ice hockey popularity down under.
BRAINIAC - Episode 2.1 - Occupational Therapy, rehabilitation and recovery with Dr. Anne Hunt
55:16On this month’s episode of Brainiac, Dr. Hunt joins us to discuss the important role that occupational therapists play in concussion rehabilitation. Stefan and Dr. Hunt also touch on the impact that COVID-19 has had on concussion patients and the recovery process, ending with a discussion about concussion in youth and the importance of the family dynamic.
Episode 103 - Concussion Corner Academy (Dr. Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS)
28:49Jessica Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS is an award winning Physical Therapist, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast, founder of the Concussion Corner Academy®, and a post-concussion syndrome survivor, advocate and concussion educator. Jess has twice previously been a guest on Concussion Talk Podcast on episode 10 and episode 57. After spending a full year in rehabilitation, experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified the gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify the cognitive blind spots and facilitate collective competence for healthcare providers, physicians to athletic trainers, focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management. Register for Concussion Corner Academy here: https://www.concussioncorner.org/link/5BA3Re Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
Episode 102 - First Mobile, Rapid Test for Concussion (Scott Anderson, CCO, SyncThink)
19:34Scott Anderson was on episode 45 introducing many listeners to SyncThink - where he is the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) - and describing their EYE-SYNC technology. Per the new release, "the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance of the EYE-SYNC technology as an Aid to Concussion, or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Diagnosis." Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!
Episode 101 - The Brain on Youth Sports (concussions & CTE with Dr. Julie Stamm)
37:44For the 101st episode of Concussion Talk Podcast my guest is Dr. Julie Stamm. Julie is a clinical assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisonsin, a neuroscientist, an athletic trainer, and the author of "The Brain on Youth Sports". She is also an avid fan (University of Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball, for example) and athlete of several sports. She joins me to discuss concussions in youth sports, CTE, and how we can keep sports fun, enjoy all the benefits, and simply reduce the brain trauma! Please consider supporting Concussion Talk Podcast on Patreon!