Research Review: Concussions – A Conversation with Dr. Christina Master


This is the second Research Review on the Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast. Our plan is to continue these on a monthly basis reviewing 2-3 articles with a thematic element to the articles. This month, concussions will be our topic. We have another 3 articles and one of the leaders in pediatric sports concussion research joining us today to help us review the articles and give us some further insight as she was a lead author and contributing author to 2 of the articles we will review.


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Barlow KM, Brooks BL, Esser MJ, et al. Efficacy of Melatonin in Children With Postconcussive Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Pediatrics. 2020;145(4):e20192812. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2812

Corwin DJ, Zonfrillo MR, Wiebe DJ, Master CL, Grady MF, Arbogast KB. Vestibular and oculomotor findings in neurologically-normal, non-concussed children. Brain Inj. 2018;32(6):794-799. doi:10.1080/02699052.2018.1458150

Master CL, Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, et al. Characteristics of Concussion in Elementary School-Aged Children: Implications for Clinical Management [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 29]. J Pediatr. 2020;S0022-3476(20)30445-5. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.04.001


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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest Featured Inside this Program

Christina Master: 

Dr. Christina Master is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania with over two decades of experience in clinical pediatrics. She is board certified in pediatrics and brain injury medicine as well as sports medicine. She treats over 800 youth with concussion annually in her outpatient practice, She is the co-founding director of Minds Matter, a concussion program for children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) that provides clinical care and conducts research in youth concussion. Her greatest area of research emphasis has been in furthering understanding of visual deficits following concussion as a target for intervention and identifying objective biomarkers. She is certainly considered one of the leaders in pediatric concussion research. She also co-hosts a podcast for American College of Sports Medicine.

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