Concussion Management, Over 70% of Doctors Got It Wrong – ConclusionWritten By: Leah Concannon, MD; Stanley Herring, MD
The most common reason that athletes fail to report a concussion is the belief that the injury is not serious enough to warrant medical attention or a lack of recognition that he or she has sustained a concussion. Therefore, it is important that clinicians educate children and their families about the risks associated with concussions and ways to recognize future concussions both in themselves and their teammates.
The single most important management tool for youth athletes with concussions is a restriction from play until asymptomatic and completion of a return-to-play protocol. Coaches should foster an environment in which players feel comfortable reporting symptoms without fear of repercussions so that they may appropriately be taken out of sport when needed. The responsibility for educating the community and increasing the safety of youth sports also lies in the hands of healthcare providers.
Clinicians will find a range of tools online that are useful for educating athletes as well as evaluating and managing children who have sustained a head injury.
The authors thank David B. Coppel, PhD, for his assistance with editing the manuscript.