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Evidence-Based Review of Sport-Related Concussion: Basic Science

McCrory, Paul MBBS, PhD*; Johnston, Karen M. MD, PhD; Mohtadi, Nicholas G. MD, MSc; Meeuwisse, Willem MD, PhD

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: July 2001 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 160-165
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The evidence base for sport-related concussive brain injury is reviewed in this paper. In the past, pathophysiological understanding of this common condition has been extrapolated from studies of severe brain trauma. More recent scientific study demonstrates that this approach is unsatisfactory, and the clinical features of concussion represent a predominantly functional brain injury rather than manifest by structural or neuropathological damage. Such understanding of this condition remains incomplete at this stage.

*Centre for Sports Medicine Research & Education, and Brain Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; †Department of Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and ‡Sport Medicine Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Address correspondence to Paul McCrory, MBBS, PhD, 31 Grosvenor Parade, Balwyn, Victoria 3103, Australia. E-mail: pmccrory@

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.