Concussion: More than just a headache?

What is concussion?

Concussion is common in sports such as boxing, horse riding, gymnastics and the various football codes. It is one of the most common types of mild traumatic brain injury and is caused by a direct blow to the head, face or neck or indirectly through the transmission of forces from other parts of the body. Concussion is a serious but temporary and reversible condition that is associated with temporary loss of brain function and temporary reduction in physical, emotional and cognitive function.

Hot topics in concussion?

There has been recent debate on the role of supervised exercise and provocative exercise testing in the assessment of post concussion syndrome. The treatment of post concussion syndrome with anti-depressants and vitamin supplements is also currently a hot topic. As readers of this blog, we would be interested into your opinions on these issues.

Chapter 17 of Clinical Sports Medicine is devoted entirely to the prevention and management of sports concussion. The pathophysiology and complications of concussion are discussed in the context of return to play decision making. The chapter is co-authored by leading experts in concussion; Associate Professor Paul McCrory, Dr Michael Makdissi, Mr Gavin Davis and Dr Michael Turner. Useful additions to the chapter for the clinician include sport concussion assessment tools, signs to watch for in concussed athletes and a return to play protocol.



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