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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067742/what-definition-is-used-to-describe-second-impact-syndrome-in-sports-a-systematic-and-critical-review
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Steven D Stovitz, Jonathan D Weseman, Matthew C Hooks, Robert J Schmidt, Jonathan B Koffel, Jon S Patricios
Concern about what has been termed, "second impact syndrome" (SIS) is a major factor determining return-to-play decisions after concussion. However, definitions of SIS vary. We used Scopus to conduct a systematic review and categorize the definitions used to describe SIS. Of the 91 sources identified, 79 (87%) clearly specified that SIS involved either cerebral edema or death after a concussion when a prior concussion had not resolved. Twelve articles (13%) could be interpreted as merely the events of two consecutive concussions...
January 2017: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065993/the-utility-of-the-king-devick-test-as-a-sideline-assessment-tool-for-sport-related-concussions-a-narrative-review
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Scott Howitt, Robert Brommer, Justin Fowler, Logan Gerwing, Julian Payne, Christopher DeGraauw
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper is to review existing literature surrounding the utility of the King-Devick test which is a commonly used sideline assessment tool for sport-related concussions. METHODS: A review of the literature was performed using MEDLINE, CINHAL, and SportDiscus databases. The search was performed from the beginning of the record through November 16(th), 2015. RESULTS: This search strategy yielded 27 articles from aforementioned databases...
December 2016: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062722/acute-plasma-tau-relates-to-prolonged-return-to-play-after-concussion
#3
Jessica Gill, Kian Merchant-Borna, Andreas Jeromin, Whitney Livingston, Jeffrey Bazarian
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether tau changes after sport-related concussion (SRC) relate to return to play (RTP). METHODS: Collegiate athletes underwent preseason plasma sampling and cognitive testing and were followed. After a SRC (n = 46), athletes and controls (n = 37) had sampling at 6 hours, and at 24 hours, 72 hours, and 7 days after SRC. A sample of 21 nonathlete controls were compared at baseline. SRC athletes were grouped by long (>10 days, n = 23) and short (≤10 days, n = 18) RTP...
January 6, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059948/sports-related-concussion-in-children-and-adolescents
#4
Christian A Refakis, Christian D Turner, Patrick J Cahill
Concussions are becoming increasingly important to manage properly as sports participation continues to rise. Repeated injuries occurring before the brain has had a chance to recover from an initial insult are particularly dangerous and must be prevented. Although much national media attention has been devoted to concussions in professional sports, it is important to appreciate that athletes in any age group, children and adolescents in particular, are at risk of sports-related concussion. It is crucial to remove an athlete from play any time concussion is suspected...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056179/descriptive-characteristics-of-concussions-in-national-football-league-games-2010-2011-to-2013-2014
#5
Michael D Clark, Breton M Asken, Stephen W Marshall, Kevin M Guskiewicz
BACKGROUND: Despite a high reported incidence rate of concussion, little is known about the on-field characteristics of injurious head impacts in National Football League (NFL) games. PURPOSE: To characterize on-field features (location, player position, and time during game) and biomechanical features (anticipation status, closing distance, impact location and type) associated with concussions in NFL games over a 4-season period (2010-2011 to 2013-2014). STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056008/traumatic-brain-and-spinal-cord-fatalities-among-high-school-and-college-football-players-united-states-2005-2014
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Kristen L Kucera, Rebecca K Yau, Johna Register-Mihalik, Stephen W Marshall, Leah C Thomas, Susanne Wolf, Robert C Cantu, Frederick O Mueller, Kevin M Guskiewicz
An estimated 1.1 million high school and 75,000 college athletes participate in tackle football annually in the United States. Football is a collision sport; traumatic injuries are frequent (1,2), and can be fatal (3). This report updates the incidence and characteristics of deaths caused by traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury (4) in high school and college football and presents illustrative case descriptions. Information was analyzed from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR)...
January 6, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054910/examining-effects-of-physical-exertion-on-the-dynamic-visual-acuity-test-in-collegiate-athletes
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Jessie N Patterson, Anna M Murphy, Julie A Honaker
BACKGROUND: Acute symptoms of dizziness and/or imbalance commonly experienced in athletes postconcussion are speculated to arise from dysfunction at multiple levels (i.e., inner ear or central vestibular system) to appropriately integrate afferent sensory information. Disruption along any pathway of the balance system can result in symptoms of dizziness, decreased postural control function (vestibulospinal reflex), and reduced vestibulo-ocular reflex function. This may also lead to decreased gaze stability with movements of the head and may account for symptoms of blurred vision or diplopia reported in almost half of athletes sustaining a concussion...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993769/sandbagging-on-the-immediate-post-concussion-assessment-and-cognitive-testing-impact-in-a-high-school-athlete-population
#8
Kathryn L Higgins, Robert L Denney, Arthur Maerlender
The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computerized neuropsychological test battery commonly used to assess cognitive functioning after a concussion. It is recommended that application of ImPACT utilizes a baseline administration so athletes have an individualized baseline with which to compare post-injury results should they sustain a concussion. It has been suggested that athletes may provide suboptimal effort, called "sandbagging," in order to return to their baseline cognitive scores, and thus to play, more quickly...
December 19, 2016: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900167/scat2-and-scat3-scores-at-baseline-and-after-sports-related-mild-brain-injury-concussion-qualitative-synthesis-with-weighted-means
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Roger E Thomas, Jorge Alves, Marcus M Vaska, Rosana Magalhães
OBJECTIVE: Identify all Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2/3) studies, compare baseline and postconcussion results. DESIGN: Systematic review (qualitative synthesis, weighted means). DATA SOURCES: 18 databases, 9 grey literature resources searched for SCAT2/3 data; 9150 articles identified, titles/abstracts assessed/data-entry independently by two reviewers. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Any studies reporting partial/complete SCAT2/3 data...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899680/normative-tandem-gait-in-collegiate-student-athletes-implications-for-clinical-concussion-assessment
#10
Jessie R Oldham, Melissa S DiFabio, Thomas W Kaminski, Ryan M DeWolf, Thomas A Buckley
BACKGROUND: Impaired balance is common after concussion. The third edition of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-3) recommends the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and/or tandem gait for postconcussion balance assessment. The limitations of the BESS are well documented; however, tandem gait has received little attention throughout concussion literature. The purpose of this study was to provide normative data for tandem gait in collegiate student-athletes based on sport type, concussion history, and gender...
November 29, 2016: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893509/educating-providers-in-return-to-play-suggested-guidelines-postconcussion
#11
Angela Macci Bires, Amanda L Leonard, Brandon Thurber
As the awareness of concussions increases, it is imperative to be able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat concussed individuals properly to prevent further complications or death. The primary purpose of this study was to compare a provider's current awareness and comfort level as it relates to the return-to-play guidelines for concussions. A secondary aim was to evaluate current protocols that are in use and determine whether they coincide with the suggested guidelines. An educational intervention was implemented to assess the knowledge and confidence of health care providers...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863850/pediatric-concussion-management-in-the-emergency-department-a-national-survey-of-parents
#12
Angela Zamarripa, Sarah J Clark, Alexander J Rogers, Helena Wang-Flores, Rachel M Stanley
OBJECTIVE: To examine parental expectations and beliefs about diagnosis and management of pediatric concussion. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a cross-sectional web-based survey of a nationally representative panel of US parents in March 2014. Parents of 10- to 17-year-old children responded to questions about their expectations and beliefs about diagnosis and management of pediatric concussion in the emergency department (ED). Weighted percentages for descriptive statistics were calculated, and χ2 statistics were used for bivariate analysis...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836772/return-to-play-in-athletes-with-spinal-cord-concussion-a-systematic-literature-review
#13
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Narihito Nagoshi, Lindsay Tetreault, Hiroaki Nakashima, Aria Nouri, Michael G Fehlings
STUDY DESIGN: This is a systematic review. PURPOSE: The study aimed to evaluate whether spinal cord concussion (SCC) patients can safely return to play sports and if there are factors that can predict SCC recurrence or the development of a spinal cord injury (SCI). BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although SCC is a reversible neurologic disturbance of spinal cord function, its management and the implications for return to play are controversial. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of the literature using the keywords Cervical Spine AND Sports AND Injuries in six databases...
November 9, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834505/concussion-like-symptoms-in-child-and-youth-athletes-at-baseline-what-is-typical
#14
Anne Williams Hunt, Melissa Paniccia, Nick Reed, Michelle Keightley
CONTEXT: After a concussion, guidelines emphasize that an athlete should be asymptomatic before starting a return-to-play protocol. However, many concussion symptoms are nonspecific and may be present in individuals without concussion. Limited evidence exists regarding the presence of "typical" or preinjury (baseline) symptoms in child and youth athletes. OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency of symptoms reported at baseline by child and youth athletes and identify how age, sex, history of concussion, and learning factors influence the presence of baseline symptoms...
October 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789472/a-positive-vestibular-ocular-motor-screening-voms-is-associated-with-increased-recovery-time-after-sports-related-concussion-in-youth-and-adolescent-athletes
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Anthony J Anzalone, Damond Blueitt, Tami Case, Tiffany McGuffin, Kalyssa Pollard, J Craig Garrison, Margaret T Jones, Robert Pavur, Stephanie Turner, Jonathan M Oliver
BACKGROUND: Vestibular and ocular motor impairments are routinely reported in patients with sports-related concussion (SRC) and may result in delayed return to play (RTP). The Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) assessment has been shown to be consistent and sensitive in identifying concussion when used as part of a comprehensive examination. To what extent these impairments or symptoms are associated with length of recovery is unknown. PURPOSE: To examine whether symptom provocation or clinical abnormality in specific domains of the VOMS results in protracted recovery (time from SRC to commencement of RTP protocol)...
October 27, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784191/longitudinal-study-of-postconcussion-syndrome-not-everyone-recovers
#16
Carmen Hiploylee, Paul Dufort, Hannah Davis, Richard Wennberg, Carmela Tartaglia, David Mikulis, Lili-Naz Hazrati, Charles Tator
We examined recovery from postconcussion syndrome (PCS) in a series of 285 patients, diagnosed with concussion based on international sport concussion criteria, who received a questionnaire regarding recovery . Of 141 respondents, those with postconcussion symptoms lasting less than 3 months, a positive CT and/or MRI, litigants, and known Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)-positive cases were excluded, leaving 110 eligible respondents. We found that only 27% of our population eventually recovered, and 67% of those who recovered did so within the first year...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772532/multidisciplinary-management-of-pediatric-sports-related-concussion
#17
Michael J Ellis, Lesley J Ritchie, Patrick J McDonald, Dean Cordingley, Karen Reimer, Satnam Nijjar, Mark Koltek, Shahid Hosain, Janine Johnston, Behzad Mansouri, Scott Sawyer, Norm Silver, Richard Girardin, Shannon Larkins, Sara Vis, Erin Selci, Michael Davidson, Scott Gregoire, Angela Sam, Brian Black, Martin Bunge, Marco Essig, Peter MacDonald, Jeff Leiter, Kelly Russell
OBJECTIVES: To summarize the clinical characteristics and outcomes of pediatric sports-related concussion (SRC) patients who were evaluated and managed at a multidisciplinary pediatric concussion program and examine the healthcare resources and personnel required to meet the needs of this patient population. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all pediatric SRC patients referred to the Pan Am Concussion Program from September 1st, 2013 to May 25th, 2015...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761129/functional-structural-and-neurotoxicity-biomarkers-in-integrative-assessment-of-concussions
#18
Svetlana A Dambinova, Joseph C Maroon, Alicia M Sufrinko, John David Mullins, Eugenia V Alexandrova, Alexander A Potapov
Concussion is a complex, heterogeneous process affecting the brain. Accurate assessment and diagnosis and appropriate management of concussion are essential to ensure that athletes do not prematurely return to play or others to work or active military duty, risking re-injury. To date, clinical diagnosis relies primarily on evaluating subjects for functional impairment using instruments that include neurocognitive testing, subjective symptom report, and neurobehavioral assessments, such as balance and vestibular-ocular reflex testing...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754774/do-as-i-say-contradicting-beliefs-and-attitudes-towards-sports-concussion-in-australia
#19
Alan J Pearce, Janet A Young, Lucy Parrington, Nicole Aimers
The objective of this study was to explore beliefs and attitudes of students studying exercise science in Australia towards sports concussion. A secondary objective explored differences between gender and previous experience of concussion. A total of 312 participants (m = 217; f = 95) responded to a series of statements ranging across a number of areas including personal attitudes and beliefs towards concussion: if they would risk playing with a concussion; their views on elite/professional athletes who continue to play after a concussion; and attitudes towards rehabilitation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747752/concussion-in-community-australian-football-epidemiological-monitoring-of-the-causes-and-immediate-impact-on-play
#20
Lauren V Fortington, Dara M Twomey, Caroline F Finch
BACKGROUND: Head injuries, particularly concussion, are a major cause of concern in many sports, particularly the football codes, driving a need to better understand injury mechanisms and potential methods of prevention. The aim of this study was to describe the mechanisms and follow up care of concussion injuries sustained in adult male community Australian football to identify target areas for prevention and management. METHODS: Secondary analysis of injury data collected in a cluster randomised controlled trial in community Australian football across two states of Australia in 2007 and 2008...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
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