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Concussion Management in the Child and Adolescent Athlete

Lovell, Mark R.; Fazio, Vanessa

doi: 10.1097/01.CSMR.0000308671.45558.e2
Head & Neurologic Conditons: Section Articles

This article reviews the status of concussion management in child and adolescent athletes. Children and adolescent athletes represent a distinct group from adult athletes, although past concussion guidelines have not specifically addressed these differences. It is the position of this article that younger athletes need to be considered as a separate group and that conservative management of concussion is often called for. Neurodevelopmental differences between adult and child athletes are highlighted and new developments in the management of concussion in youth sports are discussed.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, North Huntingdon, PA

Address for correspondence: Mark R. Lovell, Ph.D., ABPN, Director, Sports Medicine Concussion Program, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 3200 South Water St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (E-mail: lovellmr@upmc.edu).

© 2008 American College of Sports Medicine