Experts Agree ‘Concussion is Treatable’ After Important Pittsburgh Meeting

By: Jennifer C. Yates and Tim Betler

A group of 37 concussion experts from around the United States gathered in Pittsburgh this week and agreed unanimously on an important message: Concussions are treatable.

The message they delivered at a news conference today seems simple but doctors say it’s also powerful. For too long, concussions have been treated in a one-size-fits-all way, with prolonged rest prescribed as the perfect antidote. But the experts in sports medicine, neurology and emergency medicine who participated in the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) conference say the injuries are much more variable and require specialized, active treatment by patients and their care team.

Watch above and listen to Michael “Micky” Collins, Ph.D., executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and David O. Okonkwo, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery and clinical director of the Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, talk about the conference and the important takeaways.