UPMC Experts to Participate in Oct. 22 Concussion Discussion

By: Chuck Finder

When he’s sitting in an examination room with a concussion patient and parents, Micky Collins, Ph.D., is in his element. The UPMC SportsMedicine Concussion Program director enjoys – and excels at – breaking down a complex injury into simple, understandable form.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 22, he will get the chance to do that with parents, patients and others interested in learning about concussion.
Dr. Collins and fellow neuropsychologist Jonathan French, Ph.D., who specializes in school accommodations for school-age patients with concussions, will participate in a live, interactive conversation on the subject via WTAE-TV’s Live Connect series.
“There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about concussion, and this is a great opportunity to provide the facts, the science and the knowledge that we’ve found with this injury,” Dr. Collins said. “We’ve been treating people by the tens of thousands the past several years. Between that clinical experience and what we’ve learned through nearly 200  published studies since our Concussion Program opened in 2000, it’s exciting to be able to share reliable, scientific information with parents, administrators, athletes and more.”
The Concussion Program was the focus of a WQED-TV documentary that aired Oct. 10 entitled “Concussions: A New Way of Thinking.”