Dr. Cárdenas Discusses Brain Injuries Amid ‘Concussion’ Movie Release

With the Christmas Day release of the blockbuster movie “Concussion,” Dr. Javier Cárdenas reminded parents and athletes about the risks of sports-acquired concussions and repeated head trauma.

“Concussion,” starring Will Smith, focuses on the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain damage, in professional football players.

Dr. Cárdenas explained how concussions are diagnosed, why it’s important to properly diagnose and treat the condition quickly, and how repeated hits to the head can cause CTE and affect athletes.

Dr. Cárdenas has become a national expert on the diagnosis and treatment of concussion and other forms of brain injury. He has been instrumental in creating state and national concussion programs including Barrow Brainbook, the nation’s first mandated education and test for student athletes.

The Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center is the country’s most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program.

Watch the video of Dr. Cárdenas here:

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