The University of Montréal
and of new thinking about young people’s concussions
Dave Ellemberg’s research has shown that children and teens are more vulnerable to the effects of a concussion than are adults, contrary to popular belief.
Many children return to sports or school without their concussion being detected. This makes them more susceptible to new concussions or complications for their growing brains.
Nearly one in two athletes, professional or amateur, risks suffering a concussion in every single sports season. To follow up on young athletes, the neuropsychologist and his team developed a protocol for detecting and treating concussions that’s different from the one used for adults. This new approach calls for longer convalescence and regular follow-up of young athletes until they have fully recovered.
Dave Ellemberg is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Université de Montréal and Director of the sports and developmental neuropsychology laboratory. For many years now, he has been studying brain plasticity, in particular the effects of sports-related concussions on children and teens.