Expert Steven J. Barrer, M.D., neurosurgeon, author available to discuss concussions, potential dangers of exercise based on book

Exercise Will Hurt You: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury and How the Dangers of Sports and Exercise Can Affect Your Health

Aug 11, 2015, 10:30 ET from Steven J. Barrer, M.D.

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Steven J. Barrer, M.D., director, Abington Hospital Neurosciences Institute, Abington-Jefferson Health, is the author of Exercise Will Hurt You: Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury and How the Dangers of Sports and Exercise Can Affect Your Health, a book with two purposes – to inform parents, coaches and athletes on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and to educate the public on taking precautions when performing physical exercise.

According to Barrer, "Traumatic Brain Injury is a serious condition, and it is important for an active individual to know what can cause it, how to prevent it and what to do after it occurs. The brain is similar to a JELL-O®-like substance. It continues to move inside the skull once it has been impacted. And so, in the event that a second injury occurs, the concussion will be even more severe, even if the mechanism of the injury is similar to the previous one."

Barrer also states pain might actually be a sign that something is wrong. "We wear out. We just can't do at forty-five what came easily at twenty-five. Too much exercise can have a ruinous, even life-threatening effect on a person's life. My book offers a new and different way of looking at a common and ubiquitous activity-exercise." 

Barrer has spent a life-time in administering to the brain and spine. His research points to the dangers of sports including some of the most popular forms of exercising like running, yoga, soccer, cycling, and skiing. The book is currently available on Amazon.

Named a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia Magazine, Dr. Barrer graduated from the Drexel University Hahnemann Medical College; interned at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics; performed his residency in neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author and speaker. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; and is a member of numerous organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons Congress of Neurological Surgeons, AANS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Montgomery County Medical Society, and the Brain Attack Coalition.

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