My name is Dr. Erin Reynolds and I am a Clinical Sports Neuropsychologist who specializes in treating sports-related concussions. I currently serve as the Clinical Director of the Baylor Scott & White Sports Concussion Program at The Star in Frisco, Texas. I also hold an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Prior to these positions, I served as Fellowship Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is the largest clinical and research concussion program in the world and during my 5 year tenure I developed advanced skills and a unique understanding of this complex injury.
Concussions have been in the spotlight for some time now, with regular media stories focused on the danger of head injury and the potential long-term effects. Unfortunately, the media doesn’t always do a great job of providing balanced stories or explaining the limitations of scientific papers. This results in fear amongst athletes and parents, with some families steering their kids away from team sports to reduce their risk of injury.
Since starting my career in sports neuropsychology, I have logged over 12,000 face-to-face patient hours treating sports-related concussions. It is incredibly frustrating and disheartening to watch the media perpetuate the fear narrative with no discussion about the advances in treatment and the importance of active rehabilitation. It is my hope that through my clinical work, my ongoing research, and my use of social media, that I can spread the message that concussion is a treatable injury and that participation in youth sports greatly outweighs the risk of injury in most cases.
I’m often asked if I will allow my son to play football. My response is always that I allow my teenage daughter to play soccer.
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*Please note that this website is in no way affiliated with my employer; all opinions are my own. If you or someone you know is in need of concussion care, please send me a message and I will help you get in touch with the appropriate resources. If you are a current patient, please call my office 469-800-7520 rather than message me through this site.