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.