‘A small timetable to get healthy’

Off-the-track concussion brings Olympic hopeful athlete to Michigan NeuroSport

Neuro_Medsport_061_BLOGShe’s no stranger to sports injuries, but hurdler and Olympic hopeful Candice Price had no idea what to do next when she was hurt in a bad car crash this fall. Price found herself with a concussion, and then debilitating headaches and some trouble keeping her balance.

“This has been one of the most challenging injuries,” Price says, “and there’s nothing visual I can point out to people, it’s just an injury to my brain.”

Price, an Ann Arbor-area native, visited sports neurologist Andrea Almeida, M.D., at the Michigan NeuroSport clinic right away to figure out how to improve her symptoms and get back to preparing for Rio de Janeiro this summer for the 2016 Olympics.

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Paige Decker roots for Michigan NeuroSport

“They gave me hope again”

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Paige Decker talks with Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician Miles Colwell, Jr., M.D.

When Yale senior hockey player Paige Decker took a hit on the ice in November 2013, she had no idea that she was about to embark on a journey that would take her to more than 40 health care professionals in both the U.S. and Canada.

“I had never had a concussion before,” says Decker. “I ended up playing during the next two days with symptoms, which wasn’t the best decision.”

But if Decker ever questioned herself, she shouldn’t. Many people “play through the pain,” even if the pain is concussion. Besides, she loved playing hockey in this Division 1 Team.  Continue reading

Concussion Clarity: A conversation with Dr. Jeff Kutcher

From headers in soccer to football tackles to hockey hits, today’s student athletes and their parents have many reasons to monitor brain health. Jeff Kutcher, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan and the Director of Michigan NeuroSport, took audience questions in a live webcast on Thursday, August 13th. Watch the full Google Hangout below, or scroll down to read Dr. Kutcher’s take on a few important questions about concussions.

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