Brian Babka, MD: August 29, 2018

GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME WHEN IT COMES TO BACK TO SCHOOL SPORTS SAFETY

CONCUSSIONS AND OTHER SPORTS INJURIES ON THE RISE: HOW TO PREVENT AND RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS AND NEW TREATMENT PLANS

 

 

 

Brian Babka, MD

Sports medicine, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

 

According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, about 30 million children and teens in the U.S. participate in some form of organized sports and more than 3.5 million injuries occur with these participants each year. Almost one-third of all childhood injuries are sports-related and of these, the most common are sprains and strains.

All types of sports have a potential for injury whether from contact with other players or from overuse of a particular body part. However, contact sports contain the highest risk of more serious injuries such as concussions. Northwestern Medicine offers an approach to concussion care called active rehabilitation. Under this treatment plan, athletes slowly work their way back to play by taking part in more and more daily activities, rather than “cocooning” themselves by staying away from exercise for weeks on end. Each plan is individualized, which means that one athlete might be working out on a stationary bike less than a week after his injury, while another might take more time.

On Wednesday, August 29, Dr. Brian Babka is available to discuss issues surrounding sports injuries and sports safety. From sprains to concussions, he can speak to ways to avoid injury, recognizing signs and symptoms, and treatments options for when injuries do occur.  Dr. Babka specializes in providing concussion care, one of the biggest health news stories in recent years for both professional and student athletes. There are varying methods of concussion care and Dr. Babka believes in helping families and patients understand their personalized concussion diagnosis and putting a treatment plan in place that is specific to each individual patient.

 

For more information please visit www.nw.com/radio

 

More about Dr. Brian Babka:

Brian Babka, MD is a sports medicine specialist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He treats children and adults who need non-surgical treatment of athletic injuries and is the team physician for Northern Illinois University athletics.  Dr. Babka also dedicates his time to numerous community college and high school athletic teams. His areas of interest include concussion care, overuse injuries, running medicine, and sports performance.

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