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Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31819539ca
Head and Neurologic Conditions

Sports Concussion: Management and Predictors of Outcome

Reddy, Cara Camiolo1; Collins, Michael W.2

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Abstract

Interest in sports concussion has grown widely in the last two decades among laypersons and medical professionals. Significant contributions of evidence-based research have led to a better understanding of this multifaceted, but still often elusive, injury. This information has transformed all aspects of concussion management, from on-field evaluation through return-to-play guidelines. The aim of this article is to highlight important research regarding predictors of outcome and treatment protocols. This research has been the basis of the paradigm shift from traditional concussion grading scales to individualized care. Today, concussion management requires a patient-centered approach with individualized assessment, including risk factor analysis, neurocognitive testing, and a thorough symptom evaluation.

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine

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