Concussion Game Plan Podcast

Introducing Concussion Game Plan!

Concussion Game Plan, an official podcast from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, is designed to help patients and caregivers navigate acute concussion recovery. The top experts in the field lend their expertise to help guide you through the concussion symptoms you can expect, how long they may last, and how to best manage them. Each episode also features advice from someone who has suffered a concussion and handled the ups and downs of recovery. Concussion can be an isolating, confusing injury. Concussion Game Plan is here to help, and remind you, you are not alone.

Concussion Game Plan is hosted by CLF CEO Dr. Chris Nowinski and produced by Julia Manning and Brandon Boyd. Subscribe to Concussion Game Plan on the following platforms:

Check out detailed descriptions for each episode:

E1: Concussion 101 w/ Dr. Robert Cantu and George Abunaw

CLF co-founder and medical director Dr. Robert Cantu, one of the world’s leading experts on concussion, joins us to explain what is happening inside the brain during a concussion (2:40), what to do after you think you suffered a concussion (7:15), and busts some common myths about concussion (17:00-22:00). Former Boston University soccer player George Abunaw also shares his experience recovering from a concussion his sophomore year at BU and offers advice and hope for those currently in recovery.

Listen to Episode One here.

E2: Physical Symptoms of Concussion Pt. 1 w/ Dr. David Dodick and Carla Ciccone

Dr. David Dodick, Director of the Sports Neurology and Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and, join us for a two-part series on the physical symptoms of concussion. In part one, Dr. Dodick explains why concussion patients can suffer from headaches, dizziness, and nausea and how he treats headache patients. Toronto-based freelance writer Carla Ciccone shares how her concussion symptoms affected her physical and mental health. 

Listen to Episode Two here.

E3: Physical Symptoms of Concussion Pt. 2 w/ Dr. David Dodick and Carla Ciccone

Dr. David Dodick, Director of the Sports Neurology and Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and Toronto-based freelance writer Carla Ciccone return for episode three of Concussion Game Plan. In this episode, Dr. Dodick explains why concussion patients can experience visual symptoms, sleep symptoms, and light and noise sensitivity. Dr. Dodick also shares his advice for caregivers of concussion patients. Carla shares how she learned the power of rest through her recovery and gives a message of hope to those struggling.

Listen to Episode Three here.

E4: Emotional Symptoms of Concussion w/ Dr. Christina Master and Noah Abrams

Dr. Christina Master, a pediatric sports medicine specialist and co-director of the Minds Matters Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) explains why emotional symptoms after concussion are common, how they manifest, how she treats them, and what parents can look out for. Noah Abrams, a professional soccer player in the USL Championship, shares his experience with emotional symptoms after a concussion he suffered playing at Northeastern University, and his advice for anyone struggling with their mental health. 

Listen to Episode Four here.

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