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Brain Inj. 2006 Feb;20(2):179-88.

Is there a relationship between whiplash-associated disorders and concussion in hockey? A preliminary study.

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Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationship between the occurrence of whiplash-associated disorders and concussion symptoms in hockey players.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Prospective cohort observational study to examine the relationship between whiplash associated disorders and concussion in actual hockey play.

METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

Twenty hockey teams were followed prospectively for one season. Team therapists completed acute and 7-10 day follow-up evaluation questionnaires for all of the players who received either a whiplash mechanism or a concussion.

MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS:

183 players were registered for this study; 13 received either a whiplash mechanistic injury or a concussion injury. Initial injuries ranged from WAD I to WAD III and all subjects reported concussion symptoms. Only three subjects reported full resolution of both WAD and concussion symptoms at the 7-10 day follow-up evaluation.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a strong association between whiplash induced neck injuries and the symptoms of concussion in hockey injuries. Both should be evaluated when dealing with athletes/patients suffering from either injury.

PMID:
16421067
DOI:
10.1080/02699050500443707
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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