Concussions: An Overlooked Epidemic

Concussions: An Overlooked Epidemic

Concussions are on the rise in the U.S. and not just among athletes. Diane and her guests discuss the science and symptoms of brain injuries and why they’re often undetected.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates between two and four million people suffer from concussions every year. Brain injuries are vastly under-reported and diagnosis is difficult because the damage is invisible to brain scanners. Concussion victims often fail to link headaches, fatigue and memory loss to what seems like a minor injury. While most concussions are sports-related, a sizable number affect victims of car accidents or falls. The science and symptoms of brain injuries and why they’ve become an overlooked epidemic.

Guests

Linda Carroll

health writer for MSNBC.com and the science section of The New York Times

David Rosner

sports writer and former managing editor of a national magazine for neurology patients.

Dr. Gerard Gioia

director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Program at Children's National Medical Center; director of Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program

Jon Almquist

administrator, Athletic Training Program, Fairfax County Public Schools

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