Athletes of all ages, coaches, parents and others invited to “Concussion Myths and Facts”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sports medicine specialist Dr. Chad Beattie to explain concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment for athletes of all ages

Fall River, MA - Are you an athlete of any age, or the parent of an athlete? Do you coach, train or officiate at school or community sports? Are you a health care provider who cares for athletes?Dr. Chad Beattie

If so, you’ll want to start the next sports season by attending “Concussion Myths and Facts” with primary care sports medicine specialist Chad Beattie, MD, (right) on Wednesday, August 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Fairhaven High School Performing Arts Center, 12 Huttleston Ave. (Route 6), Fairhaven.

Director of Hawthorn Medical Associates’ Comprehensive Concussion Clinic in North Dartmouth, head team physician at Bridgewater State University, and a member of the medical staff of Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, Dr. Beattie will explain concussion basics in easy-to-understand terms.

Dr. Beattie also will explain why a second concussion can be more damaging that the first, how concussions can (and cannot) be diagnosed, and the value of special tool called “ImPACT testing” in helping return athletes to play.

Used by specially trained medical professionals, ImPACT testing establishes a baseline report that can serve as an important comparison to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. This tool is used by the concussion team at the Comprehensive Concussion Clinic to help determine when it is safe for a person to return to play.

Understanding what a concussion is – and isn’t

“Concussions have become an all-too-familiar and common occurrence among local athletes, both young and old,” says Dr. Beattie. “Any trauma to the head, neck or body could put you at risk for developing a concussion.”

After an injury, it can be difficult to tell whether or not you have sustained a concussion, says Dr. Beattie.

“A concussion is a functional injury to the brain, not a structural one,” he says. “As a result, concussion can result in common symptoms, such as headaches, blurry vision, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and concentrating. However, loss of appetite, depressed mood, and sensitivity to bright lights and noises can also be signs of a concussion.”

Important findings about recovery from concussion

Dr. Beattie notes that, in times past, it was thought that total rest, sometimes for weeks or months, was the key to recovery from a concussion.

However, recent research has shown that, under the careful supervision of specially trained health care professionals, a safe level of non-contact exercise can help patients not only stay active but also recover sooner.

In fact, says Dr. Beattie, “It is believed this approach helps aid recovery by increasing blood flow to the brain, which helps heal the functional injury by providing much needed nutrients, notably glucose.”

Learn more at this free program

Presented by Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence, this program about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussion is open to athletes of all ages, parents, coaches, trainers, sports officials, or anyone who wants to know more. It is free, but advance registration is requested.

To register, call Steward DoctorFinder, 1-800-488-5959.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care System, the largest community-based accountable care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission, Healthgrades, The Leapfrog Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Steward Health Care System LLC is the largest community-based accountable care organization in New England, comprising more than 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost-effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. 

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