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Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Feb;22(2):235-46. doi: 10.1007/s00167-013-2791-6. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

A comprehensive, targeted approach to the clinical care of athletes following sport-related concussion.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, 3200 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15203, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this paper is to discuss risk and prognostic factors for concussion outcomes, review comprehensive approaches to assessment, and describe a new method for conceptualizing treatment for sport-related concussion using clinical experience.

METHODS:

Based on the current literature of sport-related concussion and clinical experience, an approach for conceptualizing concussion care using clinical trajectories and targeted treatments was developed.

RESULTS:

A comprehensive approach to assessment and targeted treatments for sport-related concussion was developed using specific clinical trajectories.

CONCLUSION:

Sport-related concussions are heterogeneous and require an individualized clinical approach. The use of a comprehensive approach for assessing specific clinical trajectories following a sport-related concussion will help clinicians better conceptualize this injury. Clinicians can then match targeted treatment pathways to specific clinical trajectories to accelerate safe return to play for athletes following a sport-related concussion.

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DOI:
10.1007/s00167-013-2791-6
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