University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Concussion Experts Receive 2010 Council on Brain Injury Award

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Fourth Annual CoBI Award is being presented to Drs. Mark Lovell and Micky Collins of the University of Pittbsurgh Medical Center Sports Concussion Program, for their outstanding research and advocacy in the field of sports-related concussion. Lovell and Collins have developed better evaluation methods to determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to play following a concussion.

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Concussion, once a dirty word in sports arenas, was recognized by physicians and medical personnel as a condition warranting caution and was considered an injury of the “not-tough-enough” by players, coaches, and fans. Today, awareness of the seriousness of sports-related concussions is significant, with the NFL, among others, promoting player awareness, more cautious guidelines for return-to-play, and proper long-term treatment and study.

Dr. Mark Lovell, Director and Dr. Micky Collins, Assistant Director of the UPMC Sport Medicine Concussion Program are pioneers in this field. Lovell and Collins have been studying the impact of concussions on professional and recreational athletes for years. Considered leaders in the study of neurologic and cognitive effects of sports-related concussions, they developed IMPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) (http://www.impacttest.com), a computerized testing battery used to evaluate the severity of concussions in athletes. They are often the Doctors professional athletes choose to see following concussion.

Drs. Lovell and Collins were selected by the Council on Brain Injury(CoBI) (http://www.councilonbraininjury.org) to receive its annual award. CoBI , a non-profit organization promotes education, outreach, and research in the field of brain injury. Through its outreach to people with brain injuries, families, and prevention efforts, CoBI hopes this award will bring recognition to the many people working to promote safe sports play and appropriate management of concussion.

The award will be given formally on October 5th at White Manor Country Club in Malvern at a dinner following CoBI’s annual golf event, David's Drive (http://www.davidsdrive.org). Lovell and Collins will be honored on November 4th, in their hometown of Pittsburgh during CoBI’s annual fundraising dinner, An Evening of High Stakes Opportunity at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh.

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