Community Outreach

 

 

Outreach

Education and Outreach

Concussions and other head injuries can be serious and potentially life threatening sports injuries. Research indicates that these injuries may also have serious consequences later in life if not managed properly. A concussion occurs when there is a direct or indirect blow to the head, causing the brain to bang against the inside of the skull. As a result, impairment of mental functions such as memory, balance/equilibrium, or vision may occur.

It is important to recognize that many sport-related concussions do not result in loss of consciousness and, therefore, all suspected head injuries should be taken seriously. Coaches and fellow teammates can be helpful in identifying those who may potentially have a concussion, because a concussed athlete may not be aware of their condition or potentially be trying to hide the injury to stay in the game or practice. No athlete should be allowed to return on the same day of a suspected concussion. All athletes suspected of having a concussion should see a physician trained in concussion assessment and management.

Matthew Gfeller Center personnel often reach out to the community to provide training and support to medical professionals concerning the assessment of concussion by giving presentations, providing consultations, and sharing materials to individuals in the medical community. In addition, Matthew Gfeller Center personnel also reach out to parents, coaches, and athletes interested in learning more about brain injury in sport through presentations, visits to schools, and providing educations materials. If you are interested in obtaining materials or information on brain injury in sport, please do not hesitate to contact us at
919-962-0409 or by email.

 

 

Concussion Clinic

Concussion Clinic

The Matthew Gfeller Center, in conjunction with UNC's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, hosts a weekly concussion clinic. Athletes who have sustained a sport-related concussion, and whose current symptoms have lasted for more than 3 weeks since the injury are eligible to attend our concussion clinic. We use a multimodal approach for diagnosing concussion related symptoms and devise an appropriate individualized treatment plan. Our team consists of athletic trainers, graduate students in Human Movement Science, and Physicians.

All concussion clinic appointments should be scheduled through Kristen Lewis. Kristen will collect all insurance and basic injury information during the initial phone conversation. Once an appointment is scheduled, Kristen will send intake forms and directions​ to the patient.

Concussion Clinic Appointments
Kristen Lewis
 984-974-9747
 klewis@unch.unc.edu

Neurotrauma Symposium

Symposium

The 3rd Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium was held March 6-7, 2015, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event took place in the Loudermilk Center for Excellence in the BlueZone, and welcomed some of the great minds in concussion research to share current research and future directions.

NATA Award to Guskiewicz

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz on receiving The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award. This award is given by the National Athletic Trainers Association, NATA, to members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. Kevin will receive his award in June at the NATA annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.