How Treating Concussions Has Changed: Free Talk On What You Should Know

Sports and Concussion
Print icon

Maybe the first time you realized how serious concussions could be was when the NFL started fielding lawsuits from former players with repeated head injuries that forever changed – or ended – their lives.

Concussion – the mildest form of traumatic brain injury – can result from an accident, sports injury or fall that can affect brain function temporarily. Sometimes, depending on how the injury is treated or how severe it is, symptoms can persist.

“It’s important that people who exhibit any of the signs of concussion are seen by an expert immediately so the injury can be addressed for the best long-term outcome,” said Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, associate director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Sports Neurology Program at Hartford HealthCare. “So many of the older approaches to concussion have changed and there are new options for treatment that can be explored.”

Dr. Alessi-LaRosa will discuss the symptoms and treatments for concussion in a free community talk entitled “Concussions: What You Should Know” Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avon Free Public Library.

In the talk, she will address:

  • Concussion symptoms.
  • Common myths about concussion. This includes debunking the traditional suggestion that people with concussions should stay quiet and in a dark room to recover.
  • Media influence on the understanding of concussion.

Concussions can happen in all ages, and Dr. Alessi-LaRosa will also talk about how children can safely participate in sports like football and soccer where concussions are not uncommon.
“We do not want to suggest that people avoid certain sports, but understanding how to protect the head while playing is key to one’s health,” she explained.

The event will include a question-and-answer period after Dr. Alessi-LaRosa’s presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, associate director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Sports Neurology Program with Hartford HealthCare, will discuss the symptoms and treatments for concussion in a free community talk entitled “Concussions: What You Should Know” Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Avon Free Public Library. To register, click here.

 


What's New

Dr. Khalid M. Abbed

Renowned Spine Care Neurosurgeon joins Hartford HealthCare in Southwestern Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT —Hartford HealthCare announces the appointment of Dr. Khalid M. Abbed, one of New England’s leading neurosurgeons, as Co-Physician-in-Chief of its Ayer Neuroscience Institute. An experienced neurosurgeon and hospital director with a demonstrated history of leadership in the healthcare industry, he will oversee neurosurgical services and lead the Ayer Neuroscience...


HHC Neurology Services expand to Thomaston

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has recently welcomed Nabi Chowdhury, MD, who is now accepting patients one day a week at the new CHH Specialty Care office located at 76 Watertown Road, Thomaston. The practice offers neurological evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders...

Epilepsy

How Specialty Care Can Lower Risk of Death From Epilepsy

Patients getting epilepsy care in a specialty center had a lower chance of death, according to a Canadian study released in the Journal of the American Medical Society Neurology. Dr. Gabriel Martz, director of The Epilepsy Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute, said in some cases the challenges of...

Dr. Elena Bortan

Movement Disorders Care Comes to Mystic

Much as the design of the new Hartford HealthCare facility at 100 Perkins Farms Drive in Mystic reflects the vibe of coastal community, the location of specialists from the HHC Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center to the facility answers a demand for high-quality care and support in...

Ozzy Osbourne

How Physical Therapy Might Help Ozzy Osbourne, Other Parkinson’s Patients

For years, substance abuse might have been the presumed root of shaking and stumbling by rock star Ozzy Osbourne, but the 71-year-old rocker recently revealed that Parkinson’s disease is to blame. Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive movement disorder for which there is treatment but no cure, affects more than 200,000...