Returning to “Athlete” after Concussion | Jaclyn Stephens | TEDxCSU

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Athletes who have sustained concussions are at a heightened risk for new injuries, including new concussions, when they return to play. This increased risk of new injury is likely due to ineffective evaluation and treatment protocols. Fortunately, new advances in technology can likely be leveraged to mirror the demands of competitive sports and improve evaluation and treatment options. Jaclyn is a cognitive neuroscientist and licensed occupational therapist. Her research evaluates adolescents and young adults with sports-related concussion (SRC) using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques, like electroencephalography (EEG), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Specifically, Jaclyn seeks to better understand the neural physiology of head injury, create innovative behavioral measures for return-to-play evaluations, such as virtual reality assessment tools, and develop rehabilitation interventions that facilitate expedited and safe return to meaningful occupations, like sports and recreation. Outside of work, Jaclyn’s meaningful occupations include: playing and watching sports, spending time with friends and family, catering to her dog and cat, and enjoying outdoor activities in this beautiful state of Colorado. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Cjleanes25 says:

I am 15 years old and I have had two concussions this year that knocked me out of football and this is the hardest thing I have bet gone through, I have screwed up knees, ankles but concussions don’t just physically drain you, they make your emotions stronger and being told that you can’t play football with that is the worst pain I have ever felt.

IRON60 BITCH says:

I’ve had 12 medically documented concussions probably another five that you would not Reveal anybody because you’re supposed to play through pain and now I have difficult issues with memory and basic organizing my eyesight he’s also affected developing chronic double vision after the age of 35. I was as tough as any player out there and I don’t see my future being very bright

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