Each year, there are an estimated 1.7 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States, and more than 20 percent arise due to sports and recreational activities. More than 300,000 head injuries result from football, with ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and soccer, also seeing a high incidence of concussion. In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimates that 5 to 10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sports season.
In this week’s podcast, Dr. Cole talks to Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush about the latest research and information on concussions.
Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP, MPH is a Board-Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and is the Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She was most recently the Associate Director of the NorthShore University Health System Sports Concussion Program. Her practice is focused on the assessment and management of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Pieroth has been involved in the assessment of players in the National Hockey League since 1997 and is the Head Injury/Concussion specialist for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, Fire, and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as numerous colleges and high schools across the State of Illinois. Dr. Pieroth is the Co-Director of the NFL Neuropsychology Consulting Program. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois and is a member of the USA Football Heads Up Advisory Committee, the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, the US Soccer Concussion Task Force and the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Safety Committee. She has been awarded the 2018 Chicago Illini of the Year Award, the 2016 USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award, the University of Illinois 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award, the 2014 AHAI Presidents Award, and 2012 Brain Injury Association of IL Make a Difference Award.
She has published extensively on concussion management and neuropsychological assessment, and today, she’s our guest as we talk about concussion in sport. Welcome to our podcast!
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