Kentucky is among the country’s leaders in managing youth sports concussions
While we often hear that Kentucky lags in many measures of
health, it is near the top in its understanding and management of sports
Recently the Kentucky legislature passed the Kentucky Youth Concussion Legislation (House Bill 281 and House Resolution 58)
that stipulates how concussions will be managed in our youth, middle
school and high school sports leagues. Kentucky is only the second state
in the country to have passed this kind of law to include
non-scholastic youth sports.
This legislation and leadership in understanding sports concussions
has been fueled by a coalition of Kentucky researchers, athletic
trainers, legislators, sports medicine physicians and medical
researchers. On Saturday, June 9, nearly 100 experts attended the third
annual Sports Concussion Summit in Lexington, sponsored by UK HealthCare's Sports Medicine Program, the Norton Neuroscience Institute and Balance Engineering.
While sports concussion medicine is in its infancy, presentations and
discussions on preventing, diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating and
tracking concussions in youth, middle school, high school and college
athletes will help Kentucky continue to improve safety and concussion
management for our athletes. UK was well represented at the summit by
presenters Scott Black, MD; Erika Erlandson, MD; Dan Han, PsyD; Scott
Livingston, PhD; and Jennifer McKeon, PhD.
One of the major takeaways of the meeting was the importance of
coaches, trainers and parents to direct any athlete (of any age) who is
known or suspected to have sustained a concussion to be examined by a
health care provider trained and experienced in concussion management
before resuming contact sports activity.
To learn more about sports concussions and to access the presentation materials from the Sports Concussion Summit, visit the UK Continuing Medical Education website.
UK HealthCare's Scott Livingston, PhD, director of UK's Concussion
Assessment Research Laboratory and a member of UK's Spinal Cord and
Brain Injury Research Center, reviews what we in medicine know about
concussions at the third annual Sports Concussion Summit. To his right
is UK HealthCare's Jennifer McKeon, PhD (faculty, Division of Athletic
Training), and on his left is Michael Sowell, MD (Associate Professor of
Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Louisville).