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Concussion Debate Sparks New Treatments

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Three years ago, a Spring Hill High football player collapsed on the field after a stunning play. The cause? Brain hemorrhaging due to a concussion that went unrecognized and untreated. With sports-related brain injuries on the rise, many are calling for major safety reforms and a new approach to handle the problem. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we discuss how the approach to these types of concussions is changing and check in with the experts who are leading the culture shift in concussion treatment.

Guests:

  • Maureen Cunningham, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri 
  • Dr. David Dike, sports medicine physician

HEAR MORE: The Brain Injury Association's free seminar, Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies, and New Frontiers, will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Gladstone Community Center.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.