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Sports Neurology and TBI Division

Sports Neurology is a relatively new subspecialty of neurology concerned with the study and management of sports-related neurologic injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), that may develop as a result of participation in athletic activities.

Sports Neurology also deals with the safe participation in sports and athletics by patients with neurologic conditions, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and migraine. Also important is a richer understanding of the neurologic benefit that occurs as a result of exercise and participation in sports, which may augment normal neurologic function and forestall the progression of neurodegenerative disorders. Concussion is the most recognized example of a sport-related injury. However, athletes also experience injuries to the spine (spinal cord), peripheral nerves, and the neuromuscular system, and rarely, traumatic brain injuries of greater severity.