Mind Games: Concussions, CTE and Sports

Melissa Womble, PhD, is a neuropsychologist with specialized training in concussion management. She is the director of the Inova Sports Medicine Comprehensive Concussion Center.   The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently reported on a study that analyzed the brains of deceased former high-school, college and professional football players. In the sample of…

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Winning mindset: Sports psych & the athlete

For pro athletes like players on the Washington Nationals, keeping the body in top physical form is undeniably important. But there’s also more to baseball than muscles and reflexes. In many ways, baseball is a mind game. “It’s been estimated for baseball that mental factors determine as much as 80 percent of the fluctuations in…

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Inova Goes to the Olympics

Inova Mount Vernon’s Dr. Sameer Nagda serves as Team Physician to Olympic Women’s Soccer Team in Rio Inova Mount Vernon orthopaedic surgeon Sameer Nagda, MD had the privilege of serving as Team Physician for the United States Olympic Women’s soccer team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “It is an honor and privilege to be a part…

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Preventing injuries: From pros to youth leagues

Baseball is a very safe sport. Still, like all sports, it carries some risk of injury. Fortunately, there’s a lot that players, parents, trainers and coaches can do to minimize the risk. Whether you’re a professional player or a young person still dreaming of breaking into the big leagues, knowledge is key for preventing injuries.…

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Meet the Nationals’ Lead Team Physician: Dr. Robin West

The Washington Nationals revamped their approach to treating and rehabilitating injured athletes following the 2015 season, opening the door for a new, progressive team of sports medicine experts to join the club as its official medical team. The Nationals’ overhaul of their medical staff led the club to Dr. Robin West, Chairman of Sports Medicine…

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