Live Like an Athlete Podcast: The Concussion Discussion

By Erin Sharoni | CBSSports.com staff

Remember that nursery rhyme about the old man who bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning? Well, it doesn't need to be raining or pouring, and you don't need to be snoring; just in the midst of an NHL power-play or a girls youth soccer match.

Concussions are a hot-button issue in the world of sports for good reason. Traumatic brain injuries are being diagnosed at an ever increasing rate. In fact, sports are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of brain injuries among people aged 15-24 years. That's quite the statistic.

Cognitive neurologist Dr. Harry Kerasidis, aka "The Brain Doc", has studied and treated thousands of concussions over the course of 25 years, specializing in the resulting impairment of cognitive and emotional performance. He is the founder of XLNTbrain LLC, and has created a concussion treatment protocol rivaling that of the NFL, called XLNTbrain Sport.

In this episode, Dr. Kerasidis joins us for the ultimate concussion discussion, addressing topics such as prevention protocol, treatment, and of course, the related ethical issues that arise in professional sports.

The good doctor leaves us all with some practical advice, which he referrs to as The Four R's:

  1. Recognition
  2. Reporting
  3. Recovery
  4. Responsibility

Follow Dr. Kerasidis on Twitter for more brainy treats at @XLNTbraindoctor.

You can download this episode here. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, submit your questions for future guests at LikeAnAthlete@cbsi.com, and send a tweet to @ErinSharoni or @CBSHurc. Keep it clean. Just like your plate.

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