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Cognitive Rest AND Concussion

Catherine D Chong, Todd J Schwedt
Even when concussions are associated with prolonged physical and cognitive sequelae, concussions are typically "invisible" on diagnostic brain imaging, indicating that the neuropathology associated with concussion lies under the detection threshold of routine imaging. However, data from brain structural and functional research imaging studies using diffusion tensor imaging, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging, and brain perfusion imaging indicate that these imaging sequences have a role in identifying concussion-related neuropathology...
February 24, 2018: Headache
Meeryo Choe, Karen M Barlow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article summarizes the impact and complications of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion in children and outlines the recent evidence for its assessment and early management. Useful evidence-based management strategies are provided for children who have a typical recovery following concussion as well as for those who have persistent postconcussion syndrome. Cases are used to demonstrate the commonly encountered pathologies of headache, cognitive issues, and mood disturbances following injury...
February 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Meaghan Clough, Steven Mutimer, David K Wright, Adrian Tsang, Daniel M Costello, Andrew J Gardner, Peter Stanwell, Richelle Mychasiuk, Mujun Sun, Rhys D Brady, Stuart J McDonald, Kyria M Webster, Maddison R Johnstone, Bridgette D Semple, Denes V Agoston, Owen B White, Richard Frayne, Joanne Fielding, Terence J O'Brien, Sandy R Shultz
This study used oculomotor, cognitive, and multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures to assess for neurological abnormalities in current asymptomatic amateur Australian rules footballers (i.e., Australia's most participated collision sport) with a history of sports-related concussion (SRC). Participants were 15 male amateur Australian rules football players with a history of SRC greater than 6 months previously, and 15 sex-, age-, and education-matched athlete control subjects that had no history of neurotrauma or participation in collision sports...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Tamerah N Hunt, Laura L Harris
PURPOSE: Describe the psychological impact of cognitive rest in adolescents recovering from concussion from sport-related concussion. METHODS: Eight male football players with a previous sport concussion and full recovery completed semi-structured interviews during focus group sessions. Using content analysis, the researchers independently analyzed notes and transcriptions to identify themes associated with the psychological impact of cognitive rest. RESULTS: Common themes included: 1) sport as social support, and 2) boredom-complicated recovery following cognitive rest...
2017: Journal of Allied Health
Danielle M Dobney, Matthew B Miller, Emily Tufts
PURPOSE: To summarise the extent, nature, and quality of current scholarly literature related to non-pharmacological, rehabilitation interventions following concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury in children. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted from 1987 to 24 October 2017. Studies were included if they met the following criteria: (1) full text, peer reviewed, and written in English, (2) original research, (3) diagnosed concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, (4) described the evaluation of an intervention, (5) the outcome was a concussion impairment, and (6) the mean/median age was under 19...
November 20, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
David A Brent, Jeffrey Max
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to review the frequency, risk factors, phenomenology, and course of prolonged recovery from concussion and of psychiatric sequelae in pediatric populations. RECENT FINDINGS: Youth with prolonged recovery from concussions have higher initial symptoms, a history of multiple and/or recent concussions, and a tendency to somatization. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral disorders, and perhaps, suicidal behavior disorder are more common as both short- and longer-term sequelae of concussions...
November 17, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
Line Kirstine Hauptmann, Mahmoud Ashkanian
Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is often caused by an uncomplicated mild head injury but followed by long-lasting somatic, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. For many years PCS has been an area of controversy between clinicians. New diagnostic techniques and clinical researches has shed light to some neurobiological aspects behind PCS. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V PCS is redefined as a neuro-cognitive condition emphasizing the importance of neuropsychological deficits among these patients...
November 13, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Andrew Irvine, Shelina Babul, Ran D Goldman
Question Despite recent interest in the pathophysiology and management of concussion in children, as well as the ongoing concern about return to activity, advice regarding the type and length of cognitive rest has been inconsistent. What should I recommend to the children and adolescents in my clinic regarding cognitive rest following mild concussion? Answer Strict cognitive rest is not needed in those with mild concussion. Evidence suggests a decrease in usual activity to a level that allows children to remain asymptomatic, followed by a gradual return to learning, is appropriate...
November 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Andrew C Kline
A short cut review was carried out to establish whether strict physical rest following sports related concussion in children is better than normal activity in reducing post-concussional symptoms. two recent systematic reviews presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. It is concluded that children who present with a sport-related concussion should have a brief period of cognitive and physical rest followed by a gradual increase in activity...
November 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Jin H Lee, David R Howell, William P Meehan, Grant L Iverson, Andrew J Gardner
BACKGROUND: The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool-Third Edition (SCAT3) is currently considered the standard sideline assessment for concussions. In-game exercise, however, may affect SCAT3 performance and the diagnosis of concussions. PURPOSE: To examine the influence of exercise on SCAT3 performance in professional male athletes. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: We examined the SCAT3 performance of 82 professional male athletes under 2 conditions: at rest and after exercise...
September 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Cailee E Welch Bacon, Casey D Erickson, Melissa C Kay, Michelle L Weber, Tamara C Valovich McLeod
Following a concussion, both cognitive and physical rest are imperative aspects of injury management. The inclusion of academic adjustments and the formation of an interprofessional concussion management team (ICMT) provide a mechanism to manage academic issues following a concussion. As one of the sole healthcare providers presents during school hours, the school nurse may offer unique insight regarding the infrastructure of an ICMT in the secondary school setting. The purpose of this study was to explore school nurses' perceptions of and experiences with an ICMT for adolescents following a concussion in the secondary school setting...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Jilian A O'Neill, Molly K Cox, Olivio J Clay, James M Johnston, Thomas A Novack, David C Schwebel, Laura E Dreer
OBJECTIVE: While reintegration of concussed youth back into sports has been increasingly studied over the past decade, a noticeably lacking yet growing body of research has begun to focus on issues surrounding return to academics or "return-to-learn" (RTL). The objective of this article was to conduct a comprehensive literature review to identify the full range of themes and gaps in the current body of RTL research. STUDY DESIGN: Researchers analyzed PubMed, PsycINFO, and ERIC databases to identify all recent (January 2000 through May 2016) empirical publications on the RTL process following youth concussions...
August 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
Stephanie A Ramautar, Alyssa A Prangley, Michael E Cinelli
PURPOSE: To assess cognitive performance differences pre- and post-exercise in individuals without concussion (non-concussed, NC) and individuals with post-concussion syndrome (PCS). METHODS: A total of 30 participants completed a choice reaction time (CRT) task in the form of an iPad application, measuring each individual's decision-making capabilities, while wearing a head-mounted eye tracker system. Participants completed four blocks of testing; the time interval between the first two blocks of trials and the last two blocks of trials was 10 minutes...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
Dilip R Patel, Venu Parachuri, Amrith Shettigar
Sport-related concussions in young athletes are common, generally under reported and often go unrecognized. Concussion in sport may result either from a direct impact to the head or from indirect forces transmitted to the brain from impact elsewhere on the body. Concussions may also result from sudden acceleration, deceleration or rotational forces to the brain. The key features of concussion include confusion, impaired memory and reduced speed of information processing. Recovery may occur from a few days to several weeks or months...
July 2017: Translational Pediatrics
Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Nicholas J Barrowman, Kathy Boutis, Adrienne Davis, Sarah Reid, Gurinder Sangha, Ken J Farion, Kevin Belanger, Mark S Tremblay, Keith Owen Yeates, Carol DeMatteo, Nick Reed, Roger Zemek
INTRODUCTION: Rest until symptom-free, followed by a progressive stepwise return to activities, is often prescribed in the management of paediatric concussions. Recent evidence suggests prolonged rest may hinder recovery, and early resumption of physical activity may be associated with more rapid recovery postconcussion. The primary objective is to determine whether the early reintroduction of non-contact physical activity beginning 72 hours postinjury reduces postconcussive symptoms at 2 weeks in children following an acute concussion as compared with a rest until asymptomatic protocol...
July 12, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
X Zhang, R B Qian, X M Fu, B Lin, D Zhang, C S Xia, X P Wei, C S Niu, Y H Wang
Objective: To discuss functional connectivity changes in the emotional network of patients with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and their clinical significance by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). Methods: Twenty-seven patients with PCS were recruited from the Department of Neurosurgery of Anhui provincial hospital affiliated to Anhui medical university from October 2015 to April 2016, and 27 healthy subjects were recruited as the controls. The Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) and The Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD) were used to evaluate the emotional state of two groups of subjects...
July 4, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Eli K Edwards, Anita D Christie
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To examine the function of the motor cortex during executive function tasks in individuals with concussion, relative to healthy controls. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was used to assess motor cortex excitability and inhibition acutely, within 72 hours, and over two months, post-concussion in 23 participants, nine individuals with concussion and 14 controls. Participants performed a cognitive task during TMS to determine the impact of cognitive task on the motor cortex...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
Gavin A Davis, Vicki Anderson, Franz E Babl, Gerard A Gioia, Christopher C Giza, William Meehan, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Laura Purcell, Philip Schatz, Kathryn J Schneider, Michael Takagi, Keith Owen Yeates, Roger Zemek
AIM: To evaluate the evidence regarding the management of sport-related concussion (SRC) in children and adolescents. The eight subquestions included the effects of age on symptoms and outcome, normal and prolonged duration, the role of computerised neuropsychological tests (CNTs), the role of rest, and strategies for return to school and return to sport (RTSp). DESIGN: Systematic review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE (OVID), Embase (OVID) and PsycInfo (OVID)...
June 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Jeff Strelzik, Raquel Langdon
For several years both cognitive and physical rest remained at the forefront in pediatric postconcussion management. However, the concept of "rest" has not been well defined and there remains significant variability both in terms of rest recommendations provided as well as adherence to such recommendations. More recently, there has been growing evidence to suggest that an earlier return to light or moderate activity is not detrimental and may, in fact, facilitate symptomatic improvement, thereby highlighting a new role for active rehabilitation in recovery from concussion...
April 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
Tamara C Valovich McLeod, Joy H Lewis, Kate Whelihan, Cailee E Welch Bacon
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the literature regarding rest and return to activity after sport-related concussion. DATA SOURCES: The search was conducted in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, Educational Resources Information Center, Ovid MEDLINE, and PubMed using terms related to concussion, mild traumatic brain injury, physical and cognitive rest, and return to activity. STUDY SELECTION: Studies were included if they were published in English; were original research; and evaluated the use of, compliance with, or effectiveness of physical or cognitive rest or provided empirical evidence supporting the graded return-to-activity progression...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
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