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Sports-Related Concussion Trial Currently Seeking Participants

April 6, 2016

Concussions are still one of the most common injuries that can come as a result of playing a high-impact sport or activity. And while symptoms such as headache, dizziness and loss of concentration usually resolve themselves over time, a percentage of patients may experience persistent post concussion syndrome (PCS), where they continue to experience these symptoms.

If you or a family member has recently experienced a concussion and symptoms aren’t improving, you may qualify for a study being conducted at Burke.

Burke is currently recruiting participants for a clinical trial to evaluate whether a modified Atkins diet can help speed the recovery from a sports-related concussion. The goal of the trial is to determine whether eating a low-carb/high protein, high fat diet can help in concussion recovery.

Individuals who are at least 15 years old and who have experienced a concussion where symptoms have persisted for longer than 7 days may be eligible. Study participants will receive:

  • Training on the diet by a registered nutritionist
  • Neurological exams
  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel

Study participation will be for a maximum of three weeks. There are no costs associated with participation in this study. In some cases, testing not covered by the study may be required.

For more information, click here or contact Carrie Quill at (914) 597-2191/


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