CONCUSSION: Stealing your mind

DSC_1776Dear everyone suffering from concussion, or trying to help someone who has a concussion:

Here is a podcast series on concussion.

CONCUSSION: Stealing your mind

Episode 1 is about concussion–what is it

Concussion is also called mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI. It is a brain injury. The symptoms are extremely variable.

Episode 2 is about diagnosis of concussion.

I interviewed Dr. Karen Barlow from the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

For most people, diagnosis is done with a low bar—by this I mean few things are needed for you as a coach or parent to consider concussion as being likely.   I recommend you download and read a great resource—the statement on concussion in sport (or the SCAT3).

Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport—the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport Held in Zurich, November 2012 Paul McCrory, MBBS, PhD, Willem Meeuwisse, MD, PhD, Mark Aubry, MD, Bob Cantu, MD, Jiri Dvorak, MD, Ruben J. Echemendia, PhD, Lars Engebretsen, MD, PhD, Karen Johnston, MD, PhD, Jeffrey S. Kutcher, MD, Martin Raftery, MBBS, Allen Sills, MD, and Coauthors: Brian W. Benson, MD, PhD, Gavin A. Davis, MBBS, Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, Stanley A. Herring, MD, Grant Iverson, PhD, Barry D. Jordan, MD, MPH, James Kissick MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med, Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP, Andrew S McIntosh, MBiomedE, PhD, David L. Maddocks, LLB, PhD, Michael Makdissi, MBBS, PhD, Laura Purcell, MD, FRCPC, Margot Putukian, MD, Michael Turner MBBS, Kathryn Schneider, PT, PhD, Charles H. Tator, MD, PHD


Episode 3 is about concussion management. In this Episode I interviewed Dr. Karen Barlow from the Alberta Children’s Hospital (and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute) and Dr. Chantel Debert from the Foothills hospital (and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute).

I hope this series gives you some good ideas.


I do research into brain—I study new imaging methods and I use those imaging methods to unlock secrets about brain injury and disease. We are working on a large project using light to image brain—a method that can monitor brain activity (functional near-infrared spectroscopy or fNIRS) while sittng comfortably in a chair (or on a bike, a sports facility or medical clinic).

One of my main projects right now involves brain injury and concussion.


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Author: Jeff Dunn Imaginer

Imaging scientist. MRI, optical. Lots of brain imaging (stroke, MS, concussion, cancer). Quite a bit of musculoskeletal MRI. Prof. at U of Calgary (comments are my own), member of Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Alberta Childrens and McCaig Bone and Joint Institutes). Always interested in talking about science. Two active boys. (lots of skicross and volleyball).

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