Renewed Urgency in Addressing Sports Concussions


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Dr. Casey Batten is a well-established sports medicine professional who serves as the Los Angeles Rams’ lead medical team physician and also holds leadership responsibilities at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute. Among Dr. Casey Batten’s areas of extensive knowledge are musculoskeletal issues and concussion management care.

As reported in Forbes, a renewed spotlight has been placed on the preventable scope of sports concussions following the recent suicide of Tyler Hilinski. After the Washington State quarterback took his life, it was revealed that he was suffering from early-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which resulted in a brain condition similar to that of a person in his 60s.

CTE is typically caused by multiple head injuries and includes major symptoms such as depression. With the young brain being more susceptible to concussions and with impacts lasting longer than in the adult brain, a key question centers on the appropriate age at which to start playing collision-oriented sports, such as tackle football.

Another focus is on developing next-generation helmets that accomplish more than simply guarding against skull fractures. New technologies being developed effectively displace energy waves that reach the head and minimize the concussive impacts of hard hits, while others enable the helmets to slip off one another at impact.

One major step that has reduced concussions at the professional level in recent years involves the NFL taking a much stricter stance against “extraneous blows to the head.” However, it is up to coaches to teach young players to tackle and block without using the head to avoid further concussive injuries.


American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Names Award Recipients



Since 2016, Dr. Casey Batten has served as lead medical-team physician for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and as Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine for the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles. To help him remain current in his field, Casey Batten, MD, maintains membership with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), where he also sits on the membership committee.

Formed in 1991, the AMSSM seeks to establish a relationship among sports-medicine physicians and patients. Its mission is to advance sports medicine through education, advocacy, and research in order that patients receive the best in care.

Each year, the AMSSM hosts a meeting where it presents awards for research and investigation. The 27th annual meeting took place on April 28, 2018, at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Some of the awards were the following:

* Jason Zaremski, MD, earned the best overall research award for his study on pitch counts among high school baseball pitchers.

* Andrea Kussman, MD, earned the Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award for her study on female athletes and the relationship between risk-assessment scores during pre-event physical exams and the risk of bone-stress injury in collegiate distance runners.

* Steven Carek, MD, earned the NCAA Research Award for interventricular septum measurements when it comes to the screening of collegiate athletes.