Advancements in concussion management: Insights from Dr. Steven Broglio and NATA’s latest recommendations

March 28, 2024


By Dayne Hopkins

The landscape of concussion management has evolved significantly in recent years, with groundbreaking research reshaping how we identify, treat, and prevent mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Dr. Steven Broglio, director of the U-M Concussion Center and a professor at the U-M School of Kinesiology, sheds light on some of the most critical updates during a recent Q&A session with Michigan News.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recently issued a revised statement on the management of sports-related concussions, marking a significant milestone in concussion care since their 2014 position statement. The new statement includes over 25 new and updated recommendations for concussion management.

One notable alteration among many, is the early use of light exercise to help the patient recover. This marks a dramatic shift from prior recommendations where all activity was restricted. The new, science-backed recommendation not only helps the athlete recover, but also accelerates their ability to do so. The authors also emphasized accounting for social and psychological factors, including mental health, in injury risk and management.  

In the video clip below, Dr. Broglio discusses the future of concussion research as it relates to the DEI space and how cultural differences can also play a role in risk and recovery related to concussions.

To watch the full panel discussion hosted by NATA, which includes Dr. Broglio and other experts from across the nation, you can tune in here.

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