Quick Questions in Sport-Related Concussion: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD ATC FNATA

  • $49.95
  • ISBN 10 1-61711-644-0
  • ISBN 13 978-1-61711-644-5
  • 240 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2015
  • Order# 46445
Are you looking for concise, practical answers to questions that are often left unanswered by traditional sports medicine references?

Are you seeking brief, up-to-date, expert advice for common issues that can be encountered when working with athletes?

Quick Questions in Sport-Related Concussion: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine provides a unique format of concise and to-the-point responses with clinical application, backed by the latest research on sport-related concussions among athletes.

Dr. Tamara C. Valovich McLeod and her contributors present 39 common clinical questions regarding the many different guidelines, consensus, and position statements that have garnered increased attention in the media and literature.

Co-published with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Quick Questions in Sport-Related Concussion: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine provides concise answers to 39 frequently asked clinical questions. Written in a conversational tone, the authors of the individual questions represent a variety of different backgrounds and are experts in their respective field. The variety of questions and brevity of responses will make this a book that is easy to read and reference at the point of care.

Some sample sections and questions include:
• Concussion Basics 
        o What are the best educational materials available to help a coach, parent, or athlete learn about concussions?
• Preseason Planning 
        o What are the most important regulations and policies to consider regarding the management of sport-related concussion?
• Concussion assessment 
        o How common are vestibular deficits following sport-related concussion, and what tools are best used to assess vestibular function?
• Concussion management consideration 
        o Are there any rehabilitation exercises you can do to help a concussed athlete heal faster?
• Return to activity 
        o What is the role of the graded exertion protocols for making RTP decisions?
• Return to school 
        o What is cognitive rest, and can it help recovery following concussion?

Quick Questions in Sport-Related Concussion: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine is the perfect at-your-side resource for the athletic trainer, team physician, or sports medicine clinician looking for practical answers to sport-related concussion questions. The concise and conversational tone allows the reader to readily apply the information into their everyday practice. 

Dedication
Acknowledgments 
About the Editor
Contributing Authors
Preface
Introduction  

Section I Concussion Basics 
Question 1 What Is Currently the Most Commonly Accepted Definition of a
Sport-Related Concussion, and How Does This Definition Impact
Clinical Management?
Michelle L. Weber, MS, AT, ATC and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Question 2 How Common Are Sport-Related Concussions? 
Laura Decoster, ATC
Question 3 What Are the Best Educational Materials Available to Help a Coach,
Parent, or Athlete Learn About Concussions? 
Johna K. Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC

Section II Preseason Planning 
Question 4 What Pertinent Questions Should Be Asked During a Preparticipation
Physical Examination to Accurately Determine Prior Concussion
History?
Ian A. McLeod, PA-C, ATC
Question 5 Are There Risk Factors or Behaviors That Can Make Athletes
Prone to Concussion? 
Scott C. Livingston, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
Question 6 Are There Differences Between the Sexes Regarding Concussion
Incidence, Outcomes, and Treatment 
Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC and Erica L. Beidler, MEd, ATC
Question 7 Is It Imperative to Perform Baseline Testing? 
Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC and Ashley C. Littleton, MA, ATC
Question 8 Which Medical Professionals Should Be Part of My Concussion
Management Team? 
Richelle M. Williams, MS, ATC and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Question 9 What Are the Most Important Regulations and Policies to Consider Regarding the Management of Sport-Related Concussion?
John T. Parsons, PhD, ATC
Question 10 What Factors Aid in the Prevention of Recurrent Concussion? 
Johna K. Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC
Question 11 Can Protective Equipment or Strengthening the Neck Decrease
the Risk of Concussion? 
Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC and Julianne D. Schmidt, PhD, ATC

Section III Concussion Assessment 
Question 12 What Should Be Included in the On-Field or Sideline Examination to Diagnose a Suspected Concussion? 
Roger McCoy, MD and Matthew Anastasi, MD
Question 13 What Are the Red Flags During a Sideline Assessment for
Immediate Referral to the Emergency Department?
Kristina Wilson, MD, MPH, CAQSM, FAAP
Question 14 What Constitutes a “Failed” Postconcussion Test for Athletes
With Baseline Neurocognitive or Balance Tests?
Christina B. Kunec, PsyD; Sheri Fedor, PT, DPT; and Michael W. Collins, PhD
Question 15 Which Self-Report Symptom Scales Are the Best
for Concussion Assessment? 
Lindsey Shepherd, MS, ATC, AT, CSCS and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Question 16 Are Ocular Movements Related to Concussion Assessment,
and if so, How Do I Measure This? 
Steven Erickson, MD, FACP and Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT
Question 17 How Common Are Vestibular Deficits Following Sport-Related Concussion, and What Tools Are Best Used to Assess Vestibular Dysfunction? 
Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT
Question 18 How Frequently and When Should Postconcussion Assessments
Be Administered? 
R.J. Elbin, PhD; Michael W. Collins, PhD; and Anthony P. Kontos, PhD
Question 19 Does Recovery on Clinical Tests Represent True Recovery of the Brain? 
Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC and Douglas Martini, MS
Question 20 Is Imaging Useful to Determine the Severity of, or the Time to
Recovery From, a Concussion? 
Max Zeiger, BS; Meeryo C. Choe, MD; and Christopher C. Giza, MD

Section IV Concussion Management Considerations
Question 21 Should Concussions in Children and Adolescents Be Managed
Differently From Those in Adults? 
Richelle M. Williams, MS, ATC and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Question 22 How Many Concussions Are Too Many Before an Athlete Should Retire? 
Amaal J. Starling, MD; Meeryo C. Choe, MD; and Christopher C. Giza, MD
Question 23 What Are the Long-Term Concerns With Concussion? 
Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC and Douglas Martini, MS
Question 24 How Can We Predict if a Patient Will Have a Protracted Recovery
Following Concussion? 
Ian A. McLeod, PA-C, ATC
Question 25 Do Subconcussive Blows Place Athletes at Just as Much Risk for
Future Negative Sequelae as Athletes With Diagnosed Concussions? 
Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC and Douglas Martini, MS
Question 26 How Should I Manage Concussion in Athletes With
Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy, Depression, or Anxiety?
Javier Cárdenas, MD and Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Question 27 Are There Any Medications That May Be Useful in the
Management of Concussions? 
Javier Cárdenas, MD and Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Question 28 Are There Any Rehabilitation Exercises That Help a
Concussed Athlete Heal Faster?
Johna K. Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC and
Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

Question 29 Which Patient Self-Report Measures Are Best for Assessing the Impact
of Concussion on a Patient’s Quality of Life? 
Michelle L. Weber, MS, AT, ATC and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Section V Return to Activity
Question 30 Why Can’t an Athlete Return to Play on the Same Day
as the Concussion? 
Scott C. Livingston, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
Question 31 Does Recovery Following Concussion Follow a Typical Time Course,
and Does This Really Correspond to Resolution of
Self-Reported Symptoms?
Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC
Question 32 How Long Should Patients Be Free of Symptoms Prior to Beginning a Gradual Return to Activity? 
Laura Decoster, ATC
Question 33 What Is the Role of the Graded Exertion Protocols for Making
Return-to-Play Decisions? 
Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC and Jessica Wallace, MA, ATC, AT
Question 34 How Should Return to Play Be Managed in Athletes With
Comorbid Factors, Such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or
Prior History of Concussion?
Christopher G. Vaughan, PsyD and Valerie Needham, MS
Question 35 How Do Head Impact Indicators Work, and Is There Value in
Recommending That Patients Purchase Them? 
Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC and Robert C. Lynall, MS, ATC

Section VI Return to School 
Question 36 What Is Cognitive Rest, and Can It Help Recovery
Following Concussion? 
Christopher G. Vaughan, PsyD and Valerie Needham, MS
Question 37 How Can Concussion Negatively Affect School Functioning?
Danielle M.E. Ransom, PsyD and Christopher G. Vaughan, PsyD
Question 38 What School Policies/Procedures Apply to Concussed Student-Athletes
Who Are Attempting to Return to the Classroom?
John T. Parsons, PhD, ATC and Richelle M. Williams, MS, ATC
Question 39 How Are Educational Accommodations Determined, and
Who Should Be Part of the Decision-Making Process?
Richelle M. Williams, MS, ATC and
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Financial Disclosures
Index  

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is the Athletic Training Program Director, Professor of Athletic Training, and the John P. Wood, DO, Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network, and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control and postural stability, and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes.

Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, publishes frequently in athletic training and sports medicine journals, and is an NATA Fellow. 

“As a busy clinician, I find the concept of the Quick Questions series very useful…This will be very helpful for busy sports medicine clinicians. The format makes it very easy to locate information in a timely manner and the content is presented in a way that is easy to understand and put to practical use.” 
                - Janna C. Fonseca, MEd, Doody’s Review Service

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