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Br J Sports Med. 2013 Apr;47(5):304-7. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092190.

The effects of rest and treatment following sport-related concussion: a systematic review of the literature.

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Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. kjschnei@ucalgary.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the evidence for rest, treatment, and rehabilitation following sport-related concussion (SRC).

DATA SOURCES:

PubMed, CINAHL, PsychInfo, Cochrane Controlled Trials Registers, Health STAR, Sport Discus, EMBASE, Web of Science, and ProQuest.

STUDY SELECTION:

Articles were included if they met the following criteria: original research, reported SRC as a source of injury, and evaluated the effect of rest or treatment.

DATA EXTRACTION:

Study design, participants, treatment, outcome measures, and key findings.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Three studies met the inclusion criteria for evaluating the effects of rest and twelve for treatment. Low-intensity aerobic exercise may be of benefit.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current evidence evaluating the effect of rest and treatment following SRC is sparse. An initial period of rest may be of benefit. Low-level exercise and multimodal physiotherapy may be of benefit for those who are slow to recover. There is a strong need for high level studies evaluating the effects of rest and treatment following SRC.

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PMID:
23479489
DOI:
10.1136/bjsports-2013-092190
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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