Michael D Pleacher

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OBJECTIVE To assess current concussion management practices of primary care providers. METHODS An 11 item questionnaire was mailed to primary care providers in the state of Maine, with serial mailings to non-respondents. RESULTS Over 50% of the questionnaires were completed, with nearly 70% of primary care providers indicating that they routinely use(More)
We evaluated whether the degree of cerebral palsy (CP) at age 3 in very preterm children is predictive of full-scale intelligence quotient (FSIQ) <70 at age 8 by calculating likelihood ratios (LRs) for findings on the neurologic examination. Data from the follow-up phase of the Indomethacin Intraventricular Hemorrhage Prevention Trial, which includes(More)
Sport is the principal cause of injury in children and adolescents. Youth participation in organized athletics is estimated to be 45 million in the United States alone. These injuries influence health and fitness and have socioeconomic impact. Many injuries can be prevented. This article outlines the efficacy of current injury prevention strategies in youth(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies look at vitamin D levels in children living in sunny climates as it is assumed that they receive adequate vitamin D from sun exposure. In light of changing lifestyles of children and studies documenting vitamin D deficiency among children in extreme climates, a study to examine vitamin D levels in healthy children living in a luminous(More)
Fungal and viral cutaneous infections are common among athletes and can develop quickly into widespread outbreaks. To prevent such outbreaks, the team physician must be familiar with common cutaneous infections including tinea corporis, tinea capitis, tinea pedis, herpes simplex, molluscum contagiosum, and human papillomaviruses. Appropriate treatment and(More)
Individuals with seizure disorders have long been restricted from participation in certain sporting activities. Those with seizure disorders are more likely than their peers to have a sedentary lifestyle and to develop obesity. Regular participation in physical activity can improve both physical and psychosocial outcomes for persons with seizure disorders.(More)
Lower extremity soft tissue injuries and overuse conditions are frequently encountered among athletes. Muscles are frequently strained or contused, arteries and nerves can become entrapped, and tendons and bursae can become inflamed. Familiarity with the anatomy of the involved area is essential for making the correct diagnosis. The majority of these(More)
Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that affects many athletes. Accurate diagnosis of the type and severity of acne lesions will help direct appropriate therapeutic interventions. Medications, including topical retinoids, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and oral retinoids, are effective in treating acne. Side effects of acne therapy are common(More)
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