Returning Individuals to Activities and Participation… It's What We Do! [the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the July 2018 issue of JNPT]
Concussion. These days we hear this word regularly in the news in reference to sports and military-related injuries. In the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in our understanding of the effects of injuries to the head, especially for those injuries that may, at first, seem inconsequential. Individuals injured while playing sports have been a major focus of recent public health efforts to ensure that concussive injuries are identified immediately when they happen, sufficient rest and recovery is allowed, and repeat concussions are prevented. Animal research, which has allowed us to better understand the neurometabolic cascade that occurs postconcussion, has also raised concerns about possible injury extension with rapid return to activity.1 This preclinical evidence resulted in the development of a "best practice" approach to rest athletes until they became asymptomatic, followed by a graded resumption of activity.
Read the full editorial in this issue.
Guest Editor Karen McCulloch
Special Issue Editor Kathy Gill-Body