Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

DOI

10.1123/jsr.2013-0058

Publication Title

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Volume

24

Issue

1

Pages

72-76

Abstract

Clinical Scenario: Over the past decade, sport-related concussions have received increased attention due to their frequency and severity over a wide range of athletics. Clinicians have developed return-to-play protocols to better manage concussions in young athletes; however, a standardized process projecting the length of recovery time after concussion has remained an elusive piece of the puzzle. The recovery times associated with such an injury once diagnosed can last anywhere from 1 wk to several months. Risk factors that could lead to protracted recovery times include a history of 1 or multiple concussions and a greater number, severity, and duration of symptoms after the injury. Examining the possible relationship between on-field or sideline signs and symptoms and recovery times would give clinicians the confident ability to properly treat and manage an athlete’s recovery process in a more systematic manner. Furthermore, identifying factors after a head injury that may be predictive of protracted recovery times would be useful for athletes, parents, and coaches alike. Focused Clinical Question: Which on-field and sideline signs and symptoms affect length of recovery after concussion in high school and college athletes?

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Original Publication Citation

Shim, J., Smith, D. H., & Van Lunen, B. L. (2015). On-field signs and symptoms associated with recovery duration after concussion in high school and college athletes: A critically appraised topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 24(1), 72-76. doi:10.1123/jsr.2013-0058

ORCID

0000-0002-6754-7938 (Van Lunen)

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