ANCHOR LEAD: A RECENT NFL/JOHNS HOPKINS CONFERENCE ON MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY HOPES TO DEVELOP TRUSTWORTHY DATA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
NFL players commonly experience head injuries, some of them serious. That fact is irrefutable. But a recent conference on mild traumatic brain injuries undertaken by Johns Hopkins and the NFL pointed out again and again that well-designed and implemented studies to assess this risk are sadly lacking. That’s according to Constantine Lyketsos, conference chair and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.
BATJER: Certainly what we’ve focused on to date is starting with the NFL career level, although there’s a lot going on at the NCAA level. But the idea of going to the schoolyard is very interesting and certainly where this could go. As we stand now numerous NFL communities have established mechanisms and networks to get the message out via trainers and physicians to the schools and the teachers and the coaches and parents about what concussion is and how it should be evaluated and in those systems those kids do come in for neuropsych testing. :33
Lyketsos concludes that virtually all aspects of this type of head injury need further study. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.