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Concussion education

Breton M Asken, Russell M Bauer, Kevin M Guskiewicz, Michael A McCrea, Julianne D Schmidt, Christopher C Giza, Aliyah R Snyder, Zachary M Houck, Anthony P Kontos, Thomas W McAllister, Steven P Broglio, James R Clugston, Scott Anderson, Jeff Bazarian, Alison Brooks, Thomas Buckley, Sara Chrisman, Michael Collins, John DiFiori, Stefan Duma, Brian Dykhuizen, James T Eckner, Luis Feigenbaum, April Hoy, Louise Kelly, T Dianne Langford, Laura Lintner, Gerald McGinty, Jason Mihalik, Christopher Miles, Justus Ortega, Nicholas Port, Margot Putukian, Steve Rowson, Steven Svoboda
BACKGROUND: Timely removal from activity after concussion symptoms remains problematic despite heightened awareness. Previous studies indicated potential adverse effects of continuing to participate in physical activity immediately after sustaining a concussion. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose was to determine the effect of timing of removal from play after concussion on clinical outcomes. It was hypothesized that immediate removal from activity after sport-related concussion (SRC) would be associated with less time missed from sport, a shorter symptomatic period, and better outcomes on acute clinical measures...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Cindy Hunt, Alicja Michalak, Elaine Johnston, Chrissy Lefkimmiatis, Leila Macumber, Tony Jocko, Donna Ouchterlony
OBJECTIVE: Hockey is a popular sport played by many First Nation youth. Concussion frequently goes unrecognized and unreported in youth hockey. Unintentional injuries among Indigenous youth occur at rates three to four times the national Canadian average. The study sought to examine knowledge, attitudes and sources of concussion information among First Nations people attending a provincial hockey tournament. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken. The survey by Mzazik et al...
March 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Damien J Lazar, Jonathan D Lichtenstein, David J Tybor
Background: Ultimate Frisbee (ultimate) is a fast-growing, popular sport played nationally by over 4 million athletes. While several studies have examined injury rates in ultimate, no work has investigated the prevalence of concussions specifically or players' knowledge and management of those injuries. Purpose: To estimate the lifetime prevalence of concussions in ultimate and to assess players' knowledge of concussions as well as their concussion management behaviors...
March 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Christopher A Abeare, Isabelle Messa, Brandon G Zuccato, Bradley Merker, Laszlo Erdodi
Importance: Estimated base rates of invalid performance on baseline testing (base rates of failure) for the management of sport-related concussion range from 6.1% to 40.0%, depending on the validity indicator used. The instability of this key measure represents a challenge in the clinical interpretation of test results that could undermine the utility of baseline testing. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of invalid performance on baseline testing and to assess whether the prevalence varies as a function of age and validity indicator...
March 12, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Jon S Patricios, Clare L Ardern, Michael David Hislop, Mark Aubry, Paul Bloomfield, Carolyn Broderick, Patrick Clifton, Ruben J Echemendia, Richard G Ellenbogen, Éanna Cian Falvey, Gordon Ward Fuller, Julie Grand, Dallas Hack, Peter Rex Harcourt, David Hughes, Nathan McGuirk, Willem Meeuwisse, Jeffrey Miller, John T Parsons, Simona Richiger, Allen Sills, Kevin B Moran, Jenny Shute, Martin Raftery
The 2017 Berlin Concussion in Sport Group Consensus Statement provides a global summary of best practice in concussion prevention, diagnosis and management, underpinned by systematic reviews and expert consensus. Due to their different settings and rules, individual sports need to adapt concussion guidelines according to their specific regulatory environment. At the same time, consistent application of the Berlin Consensus Statement's themes across sporting codes is likely to facilitate superior and uniform diagnosis and management, improve concussion education and highlight collaborative research opportunities...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Barry P Katz, Maria Kudela, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Michael McCrea, Thomas McAllister, Steven P Broglio
BACKGROUND: Sport-related concussion and repetitive head impact exposure in contact sports continue to receive increased attention in public and medical spheres. The Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium, a multicenter cooperative, was established to study the natural history of concussion in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) collegiate student-athletes across 29 colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of this investigation is to provide normative data from the CARE Consortium and evaluate for differences between sport categories...
March 1, 2018: Sports Medicine
Magdalena Wojtowicz, Andrew J Gardner, Peter Stanwell, Ross Zafonte, Bradford C Dickerson, Grant L Iverson
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine cortical thickness and subcortical volumes in professional rugby players with an extensive history of concussions compared to control subjects. Method: Participants included 24 active and former professional rugby league players [Age M(SD) = 33.3(6.3); Range = 21-44] with an extensive history of concussion and 18 age- and education-matched controls with no history of neurotrauma or participation in contact sports...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Michael Garcia, Christopher Daugherty, Bertha Ben Khallouq, Todd Maugans
OBJECTIVE The Internet is used frequently by patients and family members to acquire information about pediatric neurosurgical conditions. The sources, nature, accuracy, and usefulness of this information have not been examined recently. The authors analyzed the results from searches of 10 common pediatric neurosurgical terms using a novel scoring test to assess the value of the educational information obtained. METHODS Google and Bing searches were performed for 10 common pediatric neurosurgical topics (concussion, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, pediatric brain tumor, pediatric Chiari malformation, pediatric epilepsy surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, plagiocephaly, spina bifida, and tethered spinal cord)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Raquel Langdon, Sharief Taraman
After sustaining a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, headaches are one of the most common complaints. The pathophysiologic changes that occur in the setting of injury likely contribute to or cause posttraumatic headaches. Posttraumatic headaches often present as migraine or tension-type headaches. Unlike pain from other types of injuries, headaches following mild traumatic brain injury are more likely to persist. Preexisting conditions such as migraine and mood disorders may influence posttraumatic headache and complicate management...
February 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Randolph W Evans, Kamalika Ghosh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Postconcussion syndrome (PCS) has been controversial for more than 150 years. As there have not been any surveys of PCS among neurologists in the United States since 1992, another was performed using most of the prior items to assess current opinions and practices and whether there have been any changes since 1992. METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-nine neurologists attending the Texas Neurological Society 20th Annual Winter Conference continuing medical education meeting in 2017 were supplied the survey instrument with registration materials...
February 7, 2018: Headache
Deborah L Snell, Rachelle Martin, A D Macleod, Lois J Surgenor, Richard J Siegert, E Jean C Hay-Smith, Tracy Melzer, Gary J Hooper, Tim Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Post-concussion-like symptoms (PCS) are common in patients without a history of brain injury, such as those with chronic pain (CP). This exploratory study examined neuro-cognitive and psychological functioning in patients with PCS following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or CP, to assess unique and overlapping phenomenology. METHODS: In this case-control study, participants (n = 102) with chronic symptoms after mTBI (n = 45) were matched with mTBI recovered (n = 31) and CP groups (n = 26), on age, gender, ethnicity and education...
February 1, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Christine L Mac Donald, Jason Barber, Jason Wright, David Coppel, Nina De Lacy, Steve Ottinger, Suzanne Peck, Chris Panks, Kody Zalewski, Samantha Sun, Nancy Temkin
OBJECTIVE: Prior work suggests that younger athletes may be more vulnerable to postconcussive syndrome. We investigated measures of clinical outcome and quantitative volumetric imaging in 10- to 14-year-old adolescent athletes to better understand the impact of concussion on this younger population. SETTING: Outpatient clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Ten- to 14-year-old symptomatic pediatric sports concussion patients and typically developing active controls...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Audrey McKinlay, Kimberly Buck
PURPOSE: To examine educational professionals' knowledge and understanding of childhood brain injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Educational professionals from all schools in the state of Victoria, Australia, were invited to participate in an online cross-sectional survey consisting of 20 questions assessing knowledge of concussion and 30 questions examining knowledge of traumatic brain injury (n = 364). RESULTS: On average, participants correctly answered 16/20 (80%) questions about concussion and 24...
January 28, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Laura J Grande, Meghan E Robinson, Lauren J Radigan, Laura K Levin, Catherine B Fortier, William P Milberg, Regina E McGlinchey
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the relationship between close proximity to detonated blast munitions and cognitive functioning in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. METHODS: A total of 333 participants completed a comprehensive evaluation that included assessment of neuropsychological functions, psychiatric diagnoses and history of military and non-military brain injury. Participants were assigned to a Close-Range Blast Exposure (CBE) or Non-Close-Range Blast Exposure (nonCBE) group based on whether they had reported being exposed to at least one blast within 10 meters...
January 24, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Andrew Mayer, Chris Wertz, Sephira Ryman, Eileen Storey, Grace Park, John Phillips, Andrew Burke Dodd, Scott Oglesbee, Richard Campbell, Ron Yeo, Ben Wasserott, Nicholas Shaff, John J Leddy, Rebekah Mannix, Kristy B Arbogast, Timothy Meier, Matthew Grady, Christina Master
Neurosensory abnormalities are frequently observed following pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (pmTBI) and may underlie the expression of several common concussion symptoms and delay recovery. Importantly, active evaluation of neurosensory functioning more closely approximates real-world (e.g., physical and academic) environments that provoke symptom-worsening. The current study determined whether symptom provocation (i.e., during neurosensory exam) improved classification accuracy relative to pre-exam symptom levels and whether symptoms varied as a function of point of care...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Fiona N Conway, Marianne Domingues, Robert Monaco, Laura M Lesnewich, Anne E Ray, Brandon L Alderman, Sabrina M Todaro, Jennifer F Buckman
OBJECTIVE: Accurate diagnosis of sport-related concussions relies heavily on truthful self-reporting of symptom severity. Previous studies have emphasized lack of knowledge as a factor in symptom nondisclosure. This study sought to examine concussion knowledge and the relationship of knowledge to reasons for symptom nondisclosure. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Data were collected during preparticipation athletic evaluations via electronic survey...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Benjamin L Brett, Andrew W Kuhn, Aaron M Yengo-Kahn, Aaron S Jeckell, Gary S Solomon, Scott L Zuckerman
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the relationship between on-field, objective signs immediately following sport-related concussion and self-reported symptom endorsement within 1 day post injury. METHODS: A retrospective case series of 237 concussed high school athletes was performed. On-field signs were evaluated immediately post injury. Self-reported symptoms (2 clusters) were collected within 1 day post injury. A two-step structural equation model and follow-up bivariate regression analyses of significant on-field signs and symptom clusters were performed...
January 8, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Tamara C Valovich McLeod, Alyssa J Wagner, Cailee E Welch Bacon
Background: Previous studies have identified the effect of sport-related concussion on health-related quality of life through the use of patient-reported outcome measures. However, there has been little research exploring the underlying mechanisms that influence these perceptions of health-related quality of life among adolescent athletes who have sustained a sport-related concussion. Purpose: To explore the psychosocial aspects of concussion among adolescent athletes...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Steffan Arthur Griffin, Craig Ranson, Isabel Moore, Prabhat Mathema
Background: Rugby union is a collision sport where participants are at high risk of sustaining a concussion. In settings where there is little qualified medical supervision, certain stakeholders (eg, coaches and officials) should possess sufficient knowledge in regard to the recognition and management of concussion. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and experience of various aspects of concussion among coaches and referees involved in Welsh amateur rugby union...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Melissa C Kay, Johna K Register-Mihalik, Cassie B Ford, Richelle M Williams, Tamara C Valovich McLeod
Background: Parents' knowledge of and attitudes toward concussions are often vital factors that affect care for injured adolescent athletes. It is important to understand the role that parents' personal experiences with concussions play with regard to current concussion knowledge and attitudes so that clinicians may tailor their educational approaches. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to determine an association between parents' personal experiences and their child's experiences with concussions as well as parental concussion knowledge and attitudes...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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