Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000021
Head, Neck, and Spine: Section Articles

Headaches in Athletes

Smith, Edward D. MD1; Swartzon, Michael MD2; McGrew, Christopher A. MD, FACSM3

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Abstract

The physician who cares for athletes and physically active patients will encounter various headache syndromes. These symptoms can be debilitating and result in a spectrum of time away from the patient’s exercise routines to death. Knowing key symptoms and signs of headache syndromes may lead to faster recovery and be rewarding for both the patient and physician. This article reviews major headache syndromes and their treatment, with attention to those found in patients who participate in competitive sports and lead active lifestyles.

Copyright © 2014 by the American College of Sports Medicine

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