Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kevin Crutchfield, M.D., Named to NFL Committee

Kevin Crutchfield, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute of LifeBridge Health, has been appointed to the National Football League Players Association Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Committee. The committee will meet on January 26 in Palm Beach, Florida, to discuss issues regarding the handling of concussions by the NFL.

The 15-member panel is composed of experts from differing backgrounds, including players and medical professionals. Members of prominence include post-concussion syndrome advocate and former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski, and Mark Lovell, M.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

The panel will look at how NFL research funds should be used to improve concussion and traumatic brain injury research. This committee will give the NFL Players Association a direct role in changing perceptions about the serious nature and long-term effects of concussions and mild brain injury.

Dr. Crutchfield has dedicated much of his professional career to the study and treatment of mild brain injury. Many types of mild brain injury, such as concussions, occur from a significant blow to the head, such as a helmet-to-helmet collision in football. Dr. Crutchfield has been a leader in the study of blood flow to the brain and the changes that occur after a concussion occurs.

“Dr. Crutchfield’s expertise and commitment to providing cutting-edge treatment to patients who suffer from concussions make him an ideal choice for this committee,” says Michael A. Williams, M.D., medical director of the Brain & Spine Institute. “As an industry leader, he will offer insights that could lead to lasting changes in the NFL’s policies dealing with concussions.”

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