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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916406/cortical-excitability-after-pediatric-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Trevor A Seeger, Adam Kirton, Michael J Esser, Clare Gallagher, Jeff Dunn, Ephrem Zewdie, Omar Damji, Patrick Ciechanski, Karen M Barlow
INTRODUCTION: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) outcomes are variable, and 10-15% may suffer from prolonged symptoms beyond 3 months that impair the child's return to normal activities. Neurophysiological mechanisms of mTBI are incompletely understood, particularly in children, but alterations in cortical excitability have been proposed to underlie post-concussion syndrome. Improved understanding is required to advance interventions and improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To determine if cortical excitability is altered in children with mTBI, and its association with clinical symptoms...
November 19, 2016: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863850/pediatric-concussion-management-in-the-emergency-department-a-national-survey-of-parents
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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/27843008/annual-and-seasonal-trends-in-ambulatory-visits-for-pediatric-concussion-in-ontario-between-2003-and-2013
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Roger L Zemek, Anne M Grool, Daniel Rodriguez Duque, Carol DeMatteo, Linda Rothman, Eric I Benchimol, Astrid Guttmann, Alison K Macpherson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate annual and seasonal trends in physician office and emergency department (ED) visit rates for pediatric concussion in Ontario between 2003 and 2013. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective, population-based study was conducted using linked health administrative data from all concussion-related visits to ED and physician office by children aged 5 through 18 years. Time series analysis was used to assess whether periodic components exist in the monthly number of concussion-related visits...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836772/return-to-play-in-athletes-with-spinal-cord-concussion-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Narihito Nagoshi, Lindsay Tetreault, Hiroaki Nakashima, Aria Nouri, Michael G Fehlings
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review OBJECTIVE: 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 development of a spinal cord injury (SCI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although SCC is a reversible neurologic disturbance of spinal cord function, its management and the implications for return to play controversial. METHODS: We conducted a systematic search of the literature using keywords Cervical Spine AND Sports AND Injuries in six databases...
November 8, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836360/american-pediatric-surgical-association-journal-of-pediatric-surgery-lecture
#5
REVIEW
Michael W Collins, Melissa N Womble
Every year in the United States, 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur secondary to injuries sustained during sports and recreational activities. Major advances have been made in terms of identifying specific clinical profiles following concussion. Nevertheless, there are continued misunderstandings regarding this injury and variable clinical management strategies being employed that may result in protracted recovery periods for youth athletes. Therefore, it is essential that individualized treatment plans target the particular clinical profile(s) present following concussion...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834505/concussion-like-symptoms-in-child-and-youth-athletes-at-baseline-what-is-typical
#6
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...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787350/epidemiology-of-snow-skiing-versus-snowboarding-related-concussions-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-in-the-united-states-from-2010-to-2014
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Joseph A Gil, Steven F DeFroda, Peter Kriz, Brett D Owens
OBJECTIVES: To examine the trend of concussions in skiers and snowboarders from 2010 to 2014; and to quantify and compare the incidence of concussions injuries in skiers and snowboarders who presented to emergency departments in the United States in 2014. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of concussions in skiers and snowboarders who were evaluated in emergency departments in the United States. MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURE: Incidence of concussions. RESULTS: The trend of the annual incidence of concussions for skiers and snowboarders remained stable from 2010 to 2014...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783573/a-normative-dataset-of-the-balance-error-scoring-system-in-children-aged-between-5-and-14
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Colby Hansen, Dan Cushman, Nicholas Anderson, Wei Chen, Christine Cheng, Shirley D Hon, Man Hung
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric head injuries occur commonly and are being reported in increasing numbers. Balance testing is a key component in the evaluation of suspected concussion, and the balance error scoring system (BESS) is likely the most well-known and widely used measure. To date, normative BESS scores for adults have been reported but not for children. DESIGN: Normative data for BESS scores and modified BESS scores were created in a cohort of healthy children. Potential variables were analyzed as predictors of BESS performance...
November 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775762/association-of-persistent-postconcussion-symptoms-with-pediatric-quality-of-life
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Zuzana Novak, Mary Aglipay, Nick Barrowman, Keith O Yeates, Miriam H Beauchamp, Jocelyn Gravel, Stephen B Freedman, Isabelle Gagnon, Gerard Gioia, Kathy Boutis, Emma Burns, Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Martin H Osmond, Roger L Zemek
Importance: Persistent postconcussion symptoms (PPCS) pose long-term challenges and can negatively affect patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). To date, no large comprehensive study has addressed the association between PPCS and HRQoL. Objectives: To determine the association between HRQoL and PPCS at 4 weeks after concussion and assess the degree of impairment of HRQoL in the subsequent 12 weeks. Design, Setting, and Participants: In a prospective, multicenter cohort study (Predicting Persistent Postconcussive Problems in Pediatrics [5P]) from August 14, 2013, to September 30, 2014, children aged 5 to 18 years who presented to the emergency department within 48 hours after head injury and were considered to have an acute concussion were enrolled across 9 pediatric emergency departments within the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Network...
December 5, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772532/multidisciplinary-management-of-pediatric-sports-related-concussion
#10
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...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764223/academic-outcomes-in-high-school-students-after-a-concussion-a-retrospective-population-based-analysis
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Kelly Russell, Michael G Hutchison, Erin Selci, Jeff Leiter, Daniel Chateau, Michael J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Many concussion symptoms, such as headaches, vision problems, or difficulty remembering or concentrating may deleteriously affect school functioning. Our objective was to determine if academic performance was lower in the academic calendar year that students sustain a concussion compared to the previous year when they did not sustain a concussion. METHODS: Using Manitoba Health and Manitoba Education data, we conducted a population-based, controlled before-after study from 2005-2006 to 2010-2011 academic years...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753717/pediatric-referrals-to-an-emergency-department-from-urgent-care-centers
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Robert P Olympia, Robert Wilkinson, Jennifer Dunnick, Brendan J Dougherty, Debra Zauner
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to describe pediatric emergency department (ED) referrals from urgent care centers and to determine the percentage of referrals considered essential and serious. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted between April 2013 and April 2015 on patients younger than 21 years referred directly to an ED in central Pennsylvania from surrounding urgent care centers. Referrals were considered essential or serious based on investigations/procedures performed or medications/consultations received in the ED...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747794/implication-of-socio-demographics-on-cognitive-related-symptoms-in-sports-concussion-among-children
#13
Laurens Holmes, Joshua Tworig, Joseph Casini, Isabel Morgan, Kathleen O'Brien, Patricia Oceanic, Kirk Dabney
BACKGROUND: Sports-related concussion remains a public health challenge due to its morbidity and mortality. One of the consequences of concussion is cognitive impairment (CI) and cognitive-related symptoms (CRS) which determine, to some extent, physical and behavioral functioning of children who sustain concussion. Despite the high prevalence of CI and CRS associated with concussion, the risk factors are not fully understood. We aimed to characterize CRS and to examine its relationship with race, ethnicity, age, insurance, and sex in a pediatric population...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733960/awareness-of-the-cdc-heads-up-to-youth-sports-campaign-among-pediatric-sports-coaches-a-pilot-survey-study
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Thor S Stead, Vaibhav Rastogi, Vishnumurthy S Hedna, Latha Ganti
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to: 1) estimate the penetrance (in terms of youth coaches being aware of them) of the CDC "Heads Up!" guidelines, 2) determine whether these guidelines changed the coaches' practice, and 3) understand whether these guidelines resulted in a perceived decrease in the number of concussions. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional survey of pediatric sports coaches in the United States designed to assess the impact of the CDC "Heads Up!" GUIDELINES: "Heads Up!" Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussions...
August 29, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729040/do-children-and-adolescent-ice-hockey-players-with-and-without-a-history-of-concussion-differ-in-robotic-testing-of-sensory-motor-and-cognitive-function
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C Elaine Little, Carolyn Emery, Stephen H Scott, Willem Meeuwisse, Luz Palacios-Derflingher, Sean P Dukelow
BACKGROUND: KINARM end point robotic testing on a range of tasks evaluating sensory, motor and cognitive function in children/adolescents with no neurologic impairment has been shown to be reliable. The objective of this study was to determine whether differences in baseline performance on multiple robotic tasks could be identified between pediatric/adolescent ice hockey players (age range 10-14) with and without a history of concussion. METHODS: Three hundred and eighty-five pediatric/adolescent ice hockey players (ages 10-14) completed robotic testing (94 with and 292 without a history of concussion)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689244/clinical-predictors-of-vestibulo-ocular-dysfunction-in-pediatric-sports-related-concussion
#16
Michael J Ellis, Dean M Cordingley, Sara Vis, Karen M Reimer, Jeff Leiter, Kelly Russell
OBJECTIVE There were 2 objectives of this study. The first objective was to identify clinical variables associated with vestibulo-ocular dysfunction (VOD) detected at initial consultation among pediatric patients with acute sports-related concussion (SRC) and postconcussion syndrome (PCS). The second objective was to reexamine the prevalence of VOD in this clinical cohort and evaluate the effect of VOD on length of recovery and the development of PCS. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted for all patients with acute SRC and PCS who were evaluated at a pediatric multidisciplinary concussion program from September 2013 to May 2015...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625013/repeat-concussion-and-recovery-time-in-a-primary-care-pediatric-office
#17
Bruce Taubman, Jennifer McHugh, Florence Rosen, Okan U Elci
The authors enrolled 95 patients in a primary care office who presented with a concussion. Of these patients, 63% were sport concussions. The authors matched 90 of these patients to children in the authors' practice presenting for sports physicals or regular check-ups in the following demographics: age, participating in a particular sport, having attention-deficit disorder/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, gender, and grade. The authors found the odds of recurrent concussions, in a primary care pediatric office, to be a ratio of 2...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27621412/soccer-related-injuries-treated-in-emergency-departments-1990-2014
#18
Nicholas A Smith, Thiphalak Chounthirath, Huiyun Xiang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the epidemiology of youth soccer-related injuries treated in emergency departments in the United States. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of soccer-related injuries among children 7 through 17 years of age from 1990 through 2014 with data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Injury rates were calculated from soccer participation data. RESULTS: An estimated 2 995 765 (95% confidence interval [CI], 2 309 112-3 682 418) children 7 through 17 years old were treated in US emergency departments for soccer-related injuries during the 25-year study period, averaging 119 831 (95% CI, 92 364-147 297) annually...
September 12, 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620871/graded-aerobic-treadmill-testing-in-pediatric-sports-related-concussion-safety-clinical-use-and-patient-outcomes
#19
Dean Cordingley, Richard Girardin, Karen Reimer, Lesley Ritchie, Jeff Leiter, Kelly Russell, Michael J Ellis
OBJECTIVE The objectives of this study were 2-fold: 1) to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and clinical use of graded aerobic treadmill testing in pediatric patients with sports-related concussion (SRC), and 2) to evaluate the clinical outcomes of treatment with a submaximal aerobic exercise program in patients with physiological post-concussion disorder (PCD). METHODS The authors conducted a retrospective chart review of pediatric patients (age < 20 years) with SRC who were referred to a multidisciplinary pediatric concussion program and underwent graded aerobic treadmill testing between October 9, 2014, and February 11, 2016...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27609399/ondansetron-for-pediatric-concussion-a-pilot-study-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Jocelyn Gravel, Benoit Carrière, Antonio D'Angelo, Louis Crevier, Miriam H Beauchamp, Benoît Mâsse
OBJECTIVES: Assess the feasibility of a study evaluating one dose of oral ondansetron to decrease post-concussion symptoms at one week and one month following concussion in children aged 8 to 17 years old. METHOD: This was a pilot study for a randomized, triple-blind controlled trial of one dose of either ondansetron or placebo performed in a tertiary care pediatric emergency department. Participants were children aged 8 to 17 years who sustained a concussion in the previous 24 hours and visited a single emergency department...
September 9, 2016: CJEM
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