The field of sports concussion has evolved rapidly, enduring many changes in the last 20 years, with neurology rising to the forefront in its management.

A new subspecialty—sports neurology—has emerged—and it has spawned the establishment of sports neurology fellowship training programs across the country.

“Sports concussion historically had been treated by many different disciplines, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation,” said Nicole Reams, MD, FAAN, a sports neurologist and director of the multidisciplinary concussion program at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL. “Neurology is now proud to lead the charge with the treatment of athlete brain injury and brain health.”

However, there is still a crucial need for comprehensive care. Whenever possible, that care allows for the integration between the aforementioned areas of medicine and experts in athletic training, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, neuropsychology, mental health, and other disciplines, “which can be essential for the best care of the athlete,” Reams said.

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[Source: Neurology Today]