The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine awarded its Best Overall Research Award to a Western New York doctor who has conducted groundbreaking research on the treatment of concussions.
The award recognized research Dr. John Leddy presented at the annual society meeting last month in Dallas entitled “Predictors of Recovery in Adolescents with Acute Sport-Related Concussion.”
Leddy is medical director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic, clinical professor of orthopedics in the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and a physician with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He is internationally known for his research, conducted with co-investigator Barry Willer, UB professor of psychiatry, into the best ways of diagnosing and treating concussion, especially in adolescents, who, Leddy said, are the most vulnerable age group for concussions and take the longest time to recover.
“It’s been established that a little rest is good but too much rest is bad for these kids,” Leddy told WNY Refresh last July. “Physicians used to take them out of circulation completely – take them out of their social element in school, tell them to stay home, watch a little TV, but stay off your computer and don’t use your phone a lot. But recent research has shown that if you do that for more than a few days, they actually report more symptoms than if they get back into their normal levels of activity.”
His research also has demonstrated that a concussed patient’s exercise intolerance, that is, the threshold of physical activity at which his or her physical symptoms increased, is a key clinical indicator of the severity of the concussion when done within the first week or so after the injury.
“I’m honored to have been chosen for this award,” Leddy said in a news release, “but the real winners will be the young athletes who can benefit from the research findings. We have learned much over the years about the causes, evaluation and treatment of concussions – but there is still much more work to be done. Our team of physicians, neuropsychologists and other specialists have developed a holistic approach to both treatment and recovery and we will continue to work on the behalf of patients everywhere.”
The UB Concussion Management Clinic is available to anyone who has had a concussion, regardless of age and no matter what caused it. Prospective patients should call 204-3200.