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Curr Opin Pediatr. 2006 Aug;18(4):376-82.

Sport-related concussion in the young athlete.

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Department of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. buzzini@musc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The purpose of this review is to present an overview of sport-related concussion in the young athlete and review recent publications of clinical and scientific importance.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Recent findings show that young athletes are more susceptible to concussions than older athletes and more likely to develop second impact syndrome, as well as long-term negative cumulative consequences. Further, ongoing research suggests a more prolonged disturbance of brain function following a concussion than previously believed.

SUMMARY:

Given the increased vulnerability of the young athlete, current research suggests conservative management of concussion and return-to-play decisions. A decision tree diagram to assist the practitioner in making return-to-play recommendations for the young athlete is included in this review.

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