People usually recognize Havertown’s Glen Macnow, the SportsRadio WIP host, but his son, Dr. Theodore Macnow, is getting his own attention these days for his research on concussions and screen time, writes Tom Avril for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Macnow is a pediatric emergency physician at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.
He’s published research showing that concussion patients recover more quickly if they avoid screen time the first two days of their injury.
He and Boston Children’s physician Rebekah Mannix published a study in September in JAMA Pediatrics.
Concussions in football have received serious attention following NFL’s 2015 concussion settlement.
Football rules were changed afterward to reduce the risk of brain injury.
But the best ways to treat a concussion are still being studied.
The practice these days is a day or two of rest with a gradual return to activities.
The type of rest and activity like screen time are still in dispute.
Macnow, who’s also an assistant professor of pediatrics, said his study of 125 concussion patients between 12 and 25 showed that staying away from screens seemed to help.
And for the record, the younger Macnow remains loyal to the Eagles despite living in Patriots territory.
Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about concussion recovery and screen time.
Dr. Theodore Macnow discusses concussions in youth sports in this 2017 video.