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Cannabis and Goggles - The Latest in Concussion Treatments and Research




Cannabis and Goggles - The Latest in Concussion Treatments and Research

By Samantha J. Gross

Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article163085573.html

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Bari Gold was never one for tutus.

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When she was 4, Roberta Gold gave in to her daughters competitive spirit
and enrolled her in a local soccer program. While the rest of the girls
picked daisies on the field, Bari played fiercely against her opponents.
She joined a travel team at 9 and worked her way through school and club
teams as a center back.

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The first time she was hit in the head with a ball last December, the
varsity junior captain of the Palmetto Senior High School team complained
of a headache but blamed it on dehydration. Two games later, she was hit
in the head again. Bari, 17, couldnt read the words on her U.S. history
test and even walked into the wrong classrooms the next day.

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It felt like I was dreaming, but all the time, she said.

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Just two weeks ago, she was clocked in the head for a third time at
recruiting camp and had to fly home.

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While researchers, the media and even Hollywood with the movie Concussion
have spent time and money bringing brain injury to the forefront of
medical discussions  diagnosing and treating concussions in young athletes
often remains a complex medical puzzle.

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Florida physicians who specialize in concussions are expanding their
programs to tackle the issue. Advancements like cannabis treatment and
concussion-detecting goggles, along with concussion clinics, are
facilitating quicker detection, treatment and return to sports.

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Since 2012, the University of Miami Health System has partnered with 35
Miami-Dade County public high schools, prioritizing concussion prevention
and treatment for the countys 12,000 student athletes. It also works with
around 10 private schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimates that 5 to 10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion in
any given sport season.

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Part of UHealths partnership with the schools is using the ImPACT test,
which provides a baseline score for athletic trainers to use to make
comparisons and diagnose concussions.

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Its all web-based, so we can quickly look at it, said Dr. Gillian Hotz,
director of UHealths concussion program, who works with neurologist Dr.
Kester Nedd. Its a starting point to start a discussion about concussion.

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Another tool helping young athletes at UHealth are concussion-detection
goggles, which came out of a partnership with Neuro Kinetics, a
Pittsburgh-based software company. UHealth otolaryngologist Dr. Michael
Hoffer helped develop the goggles after his two military tours.

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Technology for the goggles came from a rotating chair Hoffer used as a
military physician. The chairs  which are still used by UHealth  track eye
movements and pupil dilation to help detect brain injury. However, the
chair and the base it sits on cost nearly $250,000 and a Ph.D-level
technician needs to operate the chair.


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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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