The top ten items to read regarding concussions
Spine Surgery Today has highlighted 10 important stories to keep your practice up-to-date regarding concussions.
Findings support growing belief of no link between concussion history, neurocognitive performance
In a recent study, researchers found no connection between the concussive history of an NFL draft pick and his performance on two types of neurocognitive tests — the Wonderlic and imPACT tests. Read more.
Post-concussion assessment test shows reliability at multiple time points
A computerized neurocognitive assessment provided a reliable post-concussion test battery at 45 and 50 days after baseline assessment, according to recently published study data. Read more.
No change in NFL athletes’ field performance seen before, after concussion
Study findings have shown no difference in National Football League players’ performance on the field after a concussion, regardless of whether the players missed games due to their injuries. Read more.
Active recovery can help young athletes after concussion
BOULDER, Colo. — Contrary to previous practices in which young athletes with concussions completely discontinued all activities for 2 weeks, a presenter here called for 2 to 3 days of initial rest followed by the gradual introduction of active rest. Read more.
AAN position statement: Physicians must protect athletes from concussions
The American Academy of Neurology took a firm stance on the management of athletes who have suffered a concussion in a recent press release, in which the organization released a new position statement on sports concussions. Read more.
High school athletes resist reporting concussions during games
High school athletes were reluctant to report concussion symptoms to coaches, and team coaches have difficulty recognizing concussion symptoms in their athletes despite mandated concussion education, according to study findings. Read more.
Concussion symptom severity does not predict delayed symptom resolution
Greater symptom severity at the time of injury does not predict delayed symptom resolution among children with a concussion, but severity is linked to post-concussion syndrome, according to study findings in Pediatrics. Read more.
Overlap of concussion, neck injury symptoms makes diagnosis difficult
Researchers have found that symptoms from concussions and neck injuries tend to overlap, which can make discerning between the two injuries difficult. Read more.
Chronic brain injury less prevalent than reported in retired NFL players
A cohort of retired NFL players was found to have fewer instances of chronic brain injury than reported in previous studies, according to recently published data. Read more.
Post-concussion syndrome, PTSD hyperarousal dimension symptoms often overlap
Despite overlapping characteristics, persistent symptoms occurring 3 months after mild traumatic brain injury are not specific enough to be considered post-concussion syndrome and should be diagnosed as the hyperarousal dimension of posttraumatic stress disorder, researchers reported. Read more.