Wrapping Your Head Around Concussions

Thanks to recent stories that publicized the long-lasting side effects of concussions, the public is more aware than ever about the dangers associated with these common injuries. Last week, UI assistant professor of emergency medicine and primary care sports medicine Christopher Hogrefe, 08MD, brought further awareness to the topic as part of the UIAA’s Lifelong Learning program.

During his presentation at the Des Moines Public Library, Hogrefe provided examples of how concussions occur and what steps should be taken to accurately diagnose and treat these head injuries. Participants were surprised to learn that:

  • Concussions are caused by either a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere with an “impulsive” force transmitted to the head;
  • There are 1.6-3.8 million sports-related concussions annually; and
  • Some studies report that females are two time more likely to sustain a concussion.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this enlightening event. The UIAA is proud to present a variety of events for alumni across the state. To learn more, click here.

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