ANCHOR LEAD: MANY ASPECTS OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY NEED MUCH MORE INVESTIGATION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
We don’t have good ways of assessing when someone’s brain is mildly injured, nor do we understand what happens as the brain heals, how long it takes, when someone can return to sports, or who is at risk for long term consequences and who isn’t. Those were the sobering conclusions at a recent conference on head injuries undertaken by Johns Hopkins and the NFL. Constantine Lyketsos, conference chair and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, sums it up this way.
LYKETSOS: Right now, there’s a lot of discussion and worry about bad things happening to football players, or even to athletes in high school and college. It is largely still based on opinion. And when data are absent opinion reigns. Unfortunately at the stage of opinion the people who have the loudest voice tend to get the most attention. Where I’d like to get things to go is a place where the data are speaking. :26
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.