Gannon University Announces Series to Raise Awareness of Concussions
Posted: September 7, 2017
John J. Leddy, M.D., clinical professor in the department of
orthopedics at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will address Gannon University
students, faculty and staff Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. The presentation
will be in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W.
Seventh St. and is the first of two lectures about the growing
danger of concussions.
Concussion awareness has become an increasingly important topic
in the United States, with millions of mild traumatic brain
injuries happening each year. According to a poll by the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center, nearly nine out of 10 adults in the
U.S. can't correctly define a concussion. Dr. Leddy's address will
increase awareness of this growing health problem.
John J. Leddy, M.D. currently serves as medical director of the
University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic, the first
center in the United States to use a standardized treadmill test to
establish recovery from concussion, and to use exercise in the
rehabilitation of patients with prolonged concussion symptoms.
Dr. Leddy's primary research interest is the investigation of
the basic mechanisms of the disturbance of whole body physiology in
concussion and how to help to restore the physiology to normal to
help patients recover, and to safely return to activity and sport.
Dr. Leddy has published in the fields of orthopedics, sports
medicine, physiology, nutrition, concussion and post-concussion
The lecture is sponsored by Gannon University's Master of
Athletic Training, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, psychology,
sport and exercise science department and the Human Performance Lab
with funding from a Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society
research grant and a Gannon University Faculty Development
"In concussions, there may be no outward signs that are visible
to the general population so general concussion knowledge may be
lacking in untrained individuals," said Kathleen Williams of the
sport and exercise science department and an organizer of the
series. "We want to increase awareness of this problem and give
faculty and staff information on how to recognize the symptoms of
both acute concussions and post-concussion syndrome."
The second lecture of the series, presented by Brian Hainline,
M.D., chief medical officer of the NCAA, is scheduled for Nov. 7 at
11 a.m. in Yehl Room.