Concussion Management, Over 70% of Doctors Got It Wrong – Conclusion

Written By: Leah Concannon, MD; Stanley Herring, MD

Concussion Management

Conclusion

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.[21] 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.

Web Resources

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.

Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement — 2011 Update

NFL Health & Safety Resources

HEADS UP TO CLINICIANS: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens

Heads Up: Facts for Physicians About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)

Acknowledgments

The authors thank David B. Coppel, PhD, for his assistance with editing the manuscript.

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