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AAP Recommendations On Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents

Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the evaluation and treatment of sport-related concussions in children and adolescents based on the latest consensus of experts.

Concussion Experts Praise, Criticize NJSIAA Guidelines

A panel of renowned medical experts in the field of sports related concussion both praised and criticized the recent concussion policy introduced by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) at a sports concussion summit.

To Nineteen Athletes Dying Young

During the 2003 fall sports season, MomsTeam received numerous e-mails, phone calls and visits with news far exceeding our worst fears about the number of deaths in youth sports.

Should Concussion Be Called Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Instead?

Labeling a child's head injury a "concussion" may convey the wrong message to parents, athletes and athletic trainers about its seriousness, say the authors of a 2010 Canadian study.

Do Gender and Concussion History Affect Recovery?

Female soccer players and soccer players who have had a previous concussion recuperate differently from males or players without a history of concussion, recent research shows, but later studies show no difference, leading the most recent international consensus statement on concussion in sport to conclude that a consensus on gender as a modifying factor in concussion management is not currently possible.

Neurocognitive Testing For Concussions

Baseline and post-concussion neuropsychological (NP) testing is now recommended for all athletes in sports with a high risk of concussion (e.g. football, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, basketball), regardless of age or level of performance, but the timing and type of testing may need to be adjusted for children and adolescents.

Athletic Trainers: Every High School Should Have One

MomsTEAM has been advocating for years that every U.S. high school should have an athletic trainer on staff, given their key role in assessing and treating sports injuries, including concussions, and in making return to play decisions. While only 60-65% of schools have an AT, recent statistics suggest that fully 85-90% of high school athletes are now working with ATs on a daily basis.

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.

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