Nutrition Recommendations for Concussions

Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN

Julian E. Bailes- Podcast

Julian E. Bailes, M.D.
Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the North Shore Neurological Institute

Julian E. Bailes, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute. Dr. Bailes joined the department in September 2011 to lead and expand their neurosurgical service line and continue his research in traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Bailes is a nationally recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and the impact of brain injury on brain function. He was the primary treating physician of Randal McCloy Jr., the only survivor among 13 miners trapped in the 2006 Sago Mine explosion in West Virginia - the longest period of time any survivor has been trapped underground in the United States.

Previously, Dr. Bailes served for the last 11 years as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he specialized in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of cerebrovascular disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Since 1994, he has been a neurological consultant to the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), which has supported research on the effects of head injuries on retired professional athletes. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes based at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Bailes has over 100 scientific publications concerning various aspects of neurological surgery, including three books on neurological sports medicine, and performs editorial duties for a number of medical journals. Dr. Bailes has been honored as one of the nation’s best surgeons for eight consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Doctors” and“America’s Top Surgeons.”

In This Podcast You Will Learn:

  1. What happens inside the brain when an athlete has their first concussion or multiple concussions?
  2. The long-term side effects of multiple concussions?
  3. If parents should allow their young children to play a contact sport where their head frequently receives impact?
  4. What a young athlete needs to know before they step back on the field after a concussion?
  5. Anything to minimize the severity of a concussion or event prevent one (i.e. certain type of helmet, neck strengthening exercises)?
  6. The role Omega 3’s play in the recovery of a head injury?
  7. If Omega 3’s/Fish Oil could or already is a primary treatment option now for someone who sustains a concussion or brain injury?
  8. Why DHA is considered more beneficial than EPA for brain health and recovery?
  9. The recommended dose for someone with a concussion and does it differ with the severity of the injury?
  10. Whether using a triglyceride based Fish Oil (i.e. Nordic Naturals, Carlson Labs) to be superior to a store brand?
  11. Any other supplements that Dr. Bailes has seen to be beneficial for someone with a concussion?
  12. What  foods or food groups athletes should consume if sustaining a head injury?

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