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Concussion clinic highlights need for treatment

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 4:21 PM / News

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Concussion clinic highlights need for treatment

PITTSBURGH (AP) - One of the nation's leading experts says concussions aren't the "boogie man" and science is starting to unlock some of the mysterious surrounding the condition.

Dr. Micky Collins, who counts Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby among his patients, said Thursday there are more treatment options available than ever before to help athletes deal with the sometimes debilitating effect of the condition.

Collins helped establish the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in 2000, the first of its kind in the country. The program expanded earlier this year and now features a 3,500-square foot facility with nine examination rooms and a 24-person staff devoted entirely to concussion treatment and rehabilitation.

The clinic treats dozens of professional athletes from all over the globe. Collins estimates the clinic will see 25,000 patients a year by 2014, proof that there's a need for similar services in every city in the country.

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