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St Mary Reese Football Report

Shah Scrubs SmallBy Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

It's no secret to my family, my patients, or fellow Eagles fans, that I'm a huge football fan. I'm also a neurosurgeon with a special interest in concussions and football injuries. That's why I'm pleased to be a regular guest on WBCB's Pro Football Report with Merrill Reese.

It provides an opportunity to reach a large audience of Eagles fans like me and give medical insights into what football injury reports actually mean as well as to discuss high school sports.

In this recent interview with Merril he asked me about "Concussion Protocols". Many sports fans have heard the phrase, either during a game, or afterwards while discussing an injury. I tried to provide a very simple explanation: both for sports fans, and for other interested parties. Listen to the podcast below.

Merrill Reese - Dr. Shah we're living in an age where people know more and more about head injuries and the long term effects of repeated concussions. What are these effects?

Dr. Shah - Well that is a difficult answer to explain. While it is obvious that multiple concussions will result in some form of brain injury it is controversial whether it leads to dementia or other neural degenerative problems. What we do know is that multiple repetitive concussions while you are still healing from other concussions are dangerous for the brain. So you need to stay out and stay safe while you are healing from a concussion.

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