Concussion expert makes presentation at Marshall

Published: Jun. 9, 2017 at 11:09 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday evening Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine hosted concussion expert Julian Bailes, who gave a presentation on understanding and preventing brain injury in sports.

"We used to think the brain wasn't really hurt, it just wasn't working well for a while," Bailes said. "Now we know there is potential for anatomical damage, cellular damage, and potential long term effects. Ordinarily that doesn't occur, but the potential is there."

Bailes, a former team doctor with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was played by Alec Baldwin in the 2015 movie "Concussion."

"We want every concussion to be managed and cared for appropriately," Bailes said. "That means very conservatively not putting someone back in a game or practice until the brain is fully healed as best we can tell."

Bailes is now the chairman at the Department of Neurosurgery at the North Shore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois.

Proceeds from the event will go toward research scholarships for students at Marshall's School of Medicine.