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Sports Neurology

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic recognized the relationship between neurological sciences, sports injury, physical rehabilitation, and peak performance in the late 1990s. Since then, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic patients have benefited from expert sports neurological consultation and management as part of the clinic's renowned world-class orthopedic care. Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, through its programs, education, and research, continues to lead the field of sports neurology, which is integral to state-of-the-art sports medicine.

The sub-specialty of sports neurology is concerned with the following goals:

  • Advance the study and management of neurological injuries that may develop from participation in athletic activities.
  • Promote safe participation in sports and athletics by patients with existing neurological conditions.
  • Identify and understand the neuropsychiatric conditions that can result from a sports injury, including its impact on athletic performance and daily living.
  • Foster understanding of the neurological benefits of exercise and fitness, including the neurophysiology of peak performance in sport.
  • Define guidelines for the management of concussion, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve injury in sports.

Significant contributions to the field of Sports Neurology related to patient care, education, and research are being led by Dr. Vernon B. Williams, Founding Director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Williams is a board-certified neurologist and a member of the American Academy of Neurology Section on Sports Neurology Executive Committee. Some of his contributions to the field include:

  • Course directing for the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting program on Sports Neurology 3 times, leading the dialogue with his work
  • Served as Medical Director and lecturer for the Sports Concussion Institute
  • Submitted written testimony to Congress during the U.S. House Judiciary Field Hearing on Football Head Injuries
  • Frequently consults for news and media outlets on the emerging sub-specialty of Sports Neurology

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