Dr. Jeffrey T. Barth Speaks on Concussion in Sports

Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD, ABPP-CN, renowned expert within the field of brain injury and Senior Scientist for Virginia NeuroCare, a partner of NeuroRestorative which provides services and supports for active duty service members and Veterans, spoke recently in support of Brain Injury Awareness Month on “Concussion in Sports: Historical Perspectives and New Frontiers” at Denver University’s 4th Annual Translational Neuroscience Conference.

Dr. Barth’s presentation included the history and early controversies surrounding the study of mild closed head injury, as well as sports concussions, return to play criteria, and the comparisons between sports concussions and combat blast injuries. The presentation coincided with the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) continuing efforts to emphasize the importance of prevention and diagnosis of sports-related concussions through its nationwide education and advocacy campaign: "A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts."

“Concussions are one of the most common sports-related brain injuries, especially for children and adolescents,” said Dr. Barth. “Because the symptoms of concussions may not appear immediately following the injury, they can often go untreated which can lead to more serious, long term effects. If an athlete returns to play prior to a full recovery, they are at higher risk of experiencing multiple concussions, which can lead to more severe and potentially catastrophic injuries.” 

Dr. Barth is a founder of the University of Virginia Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute, Professor and Co-Director of the Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory, and Section Head of Neurocognitive Studies for the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

“As providers of rehabilitation services for people with brain injuries, we at NeuroRestorative experience first-hand the effects that a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have on a person, “said Jane Imboden, Vice President of Operations, SouthEast Region for NeuroRestorative. “It is great to have someone with the immense expertise as Dr. Barth partnering with us to spread awareness of brain injury.”

“Many people do not realize that a concussion is a TBI, “ said Dr. Barth. “Participating in conferences like this allows me to reach a greater audience and educate people about what is often referred to as the ‘silent epidemic’.”

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To learn more about traumatic brain injury and the BIAA or how you can help spread awareness of brain injury, visit the BIAA website at www.biaa.org