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Everyday Active People Concussion Program Patient Stories

Amelia: Concussion

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After getting hit in the head with a medicine ball during a workout, Amelia didn't feel right. The normally busy wife and mother could no longer function. Learn how her trip from Australia to the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program helped her get her life back.

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Daniel: Concussion

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Daniel was rushing to pick up his kids from preschool when he walked into a street pole and hit his left temple. For more than a year, he suffered from disabling concussion symptoms and struggled to find relief from doctors at home. Finally, he found Micky Collins, PhD, online and came to Pittsburgh to receive the treatment that would save his life.

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Daren: Concussion

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A crash during a vintage car race left Daren with four broken ribs and a concussion. But a referral from his football player nephew led him to the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Learn how our experts taught Daren what his concussion meant and helped him overcome it to get back to work and racing.

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Emmett: Concussion

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A fall down the stairs in October 2014 landed Emmett, 62, in the hospital. After doctors cleared and released him just two days later, he felt that he was okay to return to his normal routine. But more than six months of troubling symptoms ensued before Emmett found our concussion experts and got his life back.

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John: Concussion

When a fall from horseback resulted in a concussion, John sought local treatment. But after a month, he still wasn’t getting better. That’s when he scheduled a telemedicine appointment with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Learn how after just two appointments, John was back to his routine and feeling like himself again – without ever leaving his home state.

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Josh: Concussion

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While jumping on the trampoline with his kids, Josh felt a jolt that seemed to shake his brain in his skull. In a fog and unable to find relief for months, he and his family traveled home from their nonprofit work in Thailand. They eventually made their way to UPMC where exertion and behavioral therapy helped Josh recover.

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Karen: Concussion

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Two concussions, and the prolonged migraines that came with them, led Karen to quit her job and stay in bed. But when UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program experts prescribed active treatment, Karen slowly began to improve. Read on to learn how concussion treatment at UPMC gave Karen her life back.

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Kevin: Concussion

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After suffering a concussion, Kevin struggled with symptoms for two years looking for answers. When he found a UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion program testimonial online, he called immediately, and that’s when it all changed. Find out how the expert team identified Kevin’s concussion and provided an at-home treatment plan to help get him on the right track.

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Sarah's Story: How the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program Changed the Life of an Oscar-Winning Writer and Director

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More than three years after a fire extinguisher fell on her head, Canadian screenwriter-director and former actor and child star Sarah Polley was still struggling with crippling concussion symptoms. Learn how Sarah made a full recovery — and won an Oscar® for Women Talking — after receiving care from Michael “Micky” Collins, PhD, at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

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Shelagh's Story: Taking Action to Overcome Vestibular/Ocular Concussion

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After collapsing from meningitis-induced weakness and striking her head, Shelagh suffered from a concussion. Learn more about her experience at UPMC.

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Walter's Story: A Team Approach to Complete Concussion Care

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Weeks of failed treatments and worsening symptoms led Walter to search for positive concussion stories online. That's when he found the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion program, engaged in an active treatment approach, and finally got his life back.

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Zack’s Story: Canadian College Student Finds Concussion Relief

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After a long journey to the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, experts diagnosed Zack with a vestibular concussion and prescribed an active treatment plan which consisted of gradual exposure to stimuli to retrain the brain to adapt to the sights, sounds, and activities of daily life. Learn how an individualized treatment plan helped Zack on his way to recovery.

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