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U-M Doctor Working to Get Neurologists in the Game When it Comes to Sports Injuries
Date:10/12/2009

tes are concerned about returning to an exceptionally high level of physical and mental function that they consider normal. They are also looking to get back in the game as quickly as possible.

Kutcher says he'd like to get more neurologists involved with the care of athletes. He serves as consultant to the University of Michigan football team and works regularly with the Eastern Michigan University football team -- often joining the teams on the sidelines at games.

He also works frequently with a variety of sports including soccer, ice hockey, and wrestling and sees athletes from other universities including Notre Dame, Rutgers and Purdue through the Michigan NeuroSport program, which he directs.

Kutcher says the new sports neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology will help raise the awareness among neurologists and spur more interest in sports neurology training at medical schools. He is hoping to update the academy's sports concussion parameters and develop a sports neurology curriculum.

Kutcher says U-M also hopes to establish a sports neurology fellowship in the Medical School next year.

The increased awareness will likely improve neurological care of athletes at all levels of play, Kutcher says. And it will help elevate the status of the field, which will spur more research.

"For a lot of neurologists, when it comes to athletes, some of the finer points are a mystery. We weren't taught about it and our field has not recognized that this population, and the neurological problems they experience, are unique," Kutcher says. "We need to change that, and this is a step in the right direction."

About Michigan NeuroSport: Michigan NeuroSport is a team of physicians, researchers and medical personnel which provides comprehensive and advanced treatment of neurologic disease. It specializes in the treatment and prevention of neurological sports injuries, as well as the managemen
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