Myths, realities of concussions to be discussed at Pattishall Research Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology at Penn State, will present "Myths and Realities about Concussions” at the 2017 Pattishall Research Lecture.

The lecture, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, will be given at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building on the University Park campus. A reception will be held prior to the remarks at 3:30 p.m. in the same location. It is free and open to the public.

Slobounov will discuss different factors that impact sensitivity to concussive injury, such as gender, age and sports activities, including both contact and non-contact sports. He will also discuss novel approaches to more accurately assess and possibly treat concussive injury.

“The goal of my lecture will be to provide current knowledge, controversies and limitations of clinical tools in management of sports-related concussion,” Slobounov said. “I will outline several ‘myths’ and realities about sports-related concussion that can be misleading the public.”

Slobounov’s research has targeted basic brain science with a specific focus on neural substrates of human movement both in normal and pathological populations. He also conducts clinical research focused on sports-related traumatic brain injuries using advanced virtual reality and brain imaging tools.

The Pattishall Research Lecture is delivered each year by the most recent recipient of the Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, which honors a senior faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions to the field across a major portion of his or her career. The award was established by the late Evan Pattishall, who served as dean of the former College of Human Development, and his wife, Helen.

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Last Updated March 27, 2017