Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Concussion

YouTube For Visual Learners

YouTube has tremendous outreach potential. We can use video to transfer evidence-based knowledge to consumers and injury prevention stakeholders who are visual learners. Overtime, YouTube has become a core component of CIRP@CHOP’s dissemination strategy.

Concussion's Vestibular Deficits Are Common, May Predict Slower Recovery

In a recent journal article, CHOP researchers describe the prevalence of vestibular deficits in pediatric concussion patients and what recovery looks like for patients that exhibit them at initial evaluation. The vestibular system in the brain and inner ear helps us visually track and focus, maintaining our balance. It's your body's "steadycam", which we can use to help diagnose concussion and then help patients recover from these deficits.

Can Injury Pain Predict Posttraumatic Stress in Children?

New research from CIRP@CHOP suggests pain assessment using the Color Analogue Pain Scale, even during acute medical care, can play a role in screening for risk of ongoing Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.

Registration Open for CHOP's May 9 Concussion Conference

Now in its 3rd year, this one day Diagnosis and Management of Concussion conference provides continuing education for clinicians and school personnel such as athletic trainers and school nurses. Hear from CIRP experts and others on May 9, 2015.

Cellie Coping Kit for Injury: Promoting Children’s Healthy Recovery

Read about the Cellie Coping Kit for Injury, a new coping tool that is designed for children ages 6 to 12 years. This research-based kit is part of a line of tools featuring Cellie, a stuffed toy, coping cards, and a book for caregivers created by team of researchers at CHOP.

Pediatric Concussion Study: Current Recommendations for Rest Are Still Best

While a new study in Pediatrics confirms current best practice, media headlines might confuse families and healthcare providers. Here are messages to reaffirm.

Characteristics of Prolonged Concussion Recovery for Children

I recently co-authored a research article in the Journal of Pediatrics that identified pre-existing characteristics associated with prolonged recovery from concussions for children and youth (ages 5-18 years). Readers can use these data to further study risk factors for prolonged recovery, and to help with decision-making and care planning for concussion patients.

Join CIRP for a Twitter Chat on Head Injuries in Children

CIRP@CHOP's Kristy Arbogast, PhD and Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE will be expert participants in a December 2nd Twitter Chat on sports-related head injuries in children, tweeting under the handle @safetymd. The chat will cover the latest concussion research, advocacy efforts, education about protecting young athletes, signs and symptoms of concussions, and treatment options.

Concussion Diagnoses in the ED: Ensuring symptoms are not overlooked

In a patient with direct trauma to the head and who presents with clear symptoms, the diagnosis of concussion is generally straightforward. However, it can be much more challenging to diagnose a subtle concussion, particularly among patients with multiple injuries or non-direct head trauma.

Why Preventing Pediatric Injury Death Is Only Part of the Puzzle

In a letter published today in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, I commend the work being done by my pediatric injury prevention research colleagues in New Zealand to help reduce child injury mortality in their country. They developed injury prevention recommendations that were published late last year in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health using a well-developed European Child Safety Report Card model as a metric for comparison. However, I believe that it is important to further adapt these Report Card metrics and also measure reduction in non-fatal morbidity from injuries in children.

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