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Dr. Teena Shetty: Making Sports Safer

CCTV America—December 10, 2016

Teena Shetty, MD, neurologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, visits CCTV and sits with anchor Mike Walter in-studio to discuss concussions and sports.

Dr. Shetty explains why many people may not recognize signs of concussions and why it is so important to be evaluated by a trained professional.

"There's no laceration and even on an MRI there may be no hemorrhage that is detectable. This is an invisible injury and that's the irony as the brain is such an important organ," said Dr. Shetty.

Often in sports, athletes want to get back out on the field as soon as possible. "I try to have a personal conversation in which I explain the risks of returning to play too soon and I explain the long-term consequences," said Dr. Shetty.

They also discuss the impact of concussions on children. Dr. Shetty notes that children are particularly vulnerable to concussions because of many factors including a thinner skull, greater head-to-body ratio and of course, their bodies are still developing. 

She explains current research she's working on at HSS on biomarkers that will help diagnosis and help with decision management.

To watch the full segment, visit CCTV-America.com.


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