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Science AMA Series: We’re the University of Florida’s Bauer Lab, let’s chat concussions: how they work, who gets them, and why is recovery different for everyone? AUA!
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Hi Reddit! UPDATE: Wow, Reddit. We were blown away by the amount and quality of the questions asked today. Thank you for participating, and we apologize that there were so many great questions/comments we couldn’t reply to. We tried to put a lot of thought into those that we were able to get to, and we are hopeful that some of our longer answers apply to some of the unanswered questions too. Also, here are a couple of links/resources that you might be helpful. This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides a few additional references on some of the areas that we touched on in our answers: Zurich Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport: (http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/5/250.full/) Bigler, 2008, Neuropsychology and clinical neuroscience of persistent post-concussive syndrome: (https://www.ahead.org/aff/utah/2008.Bigler.PPCS.JINS.pdf/) Mittenberg, 1996 Cognitive-Behavioral Prevention of post-concussion syndrome (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0887617795000062/) Leddy et al, 2012 Rehabilitation of Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435903/) The Bauer Lab at the University of Florida, students are working to understand the mechanisms and contributing pre-morbid, psychosocial and biological factors leading to different recovery trajectories – i.e. why some people with concussion recover more quickly and with less chronic symptomatology than others with a concussion of similar severity. BauerLab members are also working to understand the role of post-concussion symptoms such as sleep disturbances on longer term functioning, the effect of exercise on recovery and analyzing the manner in which post-injury symptom report impacts recovery timelines in collegiate athletes. We are excited to talk about what we do and answer your concussion related questions! A bit more about our team: Russell Bauer, Ph.D., is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and is a Professor of Clinical & Health Psychology and Neurology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed professional papers and is currently involved in the establishment of an interdisciplinary concussion clinic, including Neurology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Neuropsychology. Within his lab, students are working to understand factors contributing to differential recovery trajectories – i.e. why some people with concussion recover more quickly and with less chronic symptomatology than others. Aliyah Snyder, M.S., Doctoral Candidate, is currently studying the influence of experience-dependent neuroplasticity on recovery processes after mild traumatic brain injury. Her dissertation project is an interdisciplinary effort examining the safety and tolerability of implementing a brief aerobic exercise intervention during the post-acute period after mild traumatic brain injury. Molly Sullan, M.S., Doctoral Candidate, has primary research interests in determining the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and sleep disruption in terms of their effect on chronic symptom profiles. She is currently working to identify a methodology with which to study the long term consequences of multiple brain traumas on neurodegenerative processes, as well as the mediating effects of comorbid sleep disturbances on outcome. We will be back at 2 pm ED to answer your questions, ask us anything!