September 20, 2009, 7:00 pm
When It’s More Than a Headache
By The Editors
Powell Valley football teamShawn Poynter for The New York Times

With fall sports in full swing, concussions among student athletes are receiving more media attention than ever. High school athletes sustained 137,000 concussions in the 2007-8 school year, according to a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Many more almost certainly went unrecognized or ignored.

* Head Injuries in Football
* Health Guide: Concussion
* Multimedia: Young Players, Serious Injuries
* CDC Tool Kit for High School Coaches

A few states, like New Jersey and Maine, are making preseason neurocognitive testing of players broadly available so that when a concussion happens there will be a baseline for comparison to determine when the player can return to sports.

Should all schools make it a priority to test all athletes? We asked some experts who work in this field — and a student who was sidelined by concussions on the basketball court — to tell us what’s known and what isn’t about managing this invisible injury.

* Paul D. Berkner, Maine Concussion Management Initiative
* Jordan D. Metzl, sports medicine physician
* Katelyn Pellin, sophomore, University of Connecticut
* Gerard Gioia, pediatric neuropsychologist
* John Papas, high school football coach
This article appeared in yesterday's New York Times and it contains expert opinions on the baseline neurocognition testing of athletes:

Very interesting discussion.