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Concussion Treatment & Recovery

When CT or MRI Recommended After Concussion

Concussions don't usually show up on most magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams or CAT scans. As a result, conventional CT or MRI scans of the brain are usually not needed where post-concussion symptoms are mild and clear within a week to ten days. A CT or MRI is, however, recommended in some circumstances.

Multiple Concussions: Important Factor In Management

A multiple concussion history, especially where concussions occur with progressively less impact force, are considered modifying factors in the investigation and management of concussion under the current international consensus statement on concussions.

Simple v. Complex Concussion Classification Abandoned

The current international consensus of concussion experts recognizes that they lack the ability to predict injury severity or
outcomes at the time of concussion injury, calls for consideration of range of "modifying factors."

Concussion Guidelines Are Just That: Guidelines

Regardless of which return to play guidelines a child's school or sports program follows for concussions, they are just guidelines, not ironclad rules, with a child's return to play determined on case-by-case basis.

Head Injuries: When Is Immediate Hospitalization Required?

Deteriorating mental status after head trauma may indicate a more serious, potentially life-threatening brain injury requiring immediate hospitalization.

Athletic Trainer Plays Critical and Unique Role In Concussion Safety

The AT is an invaluable member of the sports medicine team, particularly when an athlete suffers a concussion, because they have specialized training, and see athletes on a daily basis.  Because they are trusted by athletes, they can encourage the honest self-reporting that is key to avoiding delayed recovery or catastrophic injury.

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