What to do about concussions?

clairey

Calling aspiring
blog post writers!

There is a lot of discussion about concussions in the world of primary care sports medicine.

Breaking news?  Not!

But truly the conversation extends and deepens by the month, it seems to me.  It might be my personal, professional myopia–during football season possibly 25% of the patients in my clinic are youth athletes with sport-related concussions (SRCs).  As a consequence of that, I try to stay on top of the literature and have begun doing research in the area myself.

I hope you all have been as interested as I have over the March CJSM offerings in this area.  The journal opens with an editorial, Time to Re-think the Zurich Guidelines?  It continues with an interesting study looking at the use of those same guidelines along with the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test in determining return to play in adolescents following concussion.

And this blog has profiled the Zurich guidelines as well in a recent post and podcast, our first in what will be an on-going offering here at CJSM.

We are aware that there is much more to clinical sports medicine than concussion, and we make a concerted effort at the Editorial Board level to offer a continuing, rich, and diverse set of research focussed on the panoply of sport conditions we might see as clinicians.  As we move forward, we are always interested hearing from you about areas in the world of clinical sport medicine that are of special interest to you.

You can comment on these pages, tweet us @cjsmonline, or if you are especially eager and want to take the bull by the horns:  consider being a guest blog post writer for an issue that is of special interest to you.  Our blog post guidelines can be found here and include instructions on how to contact us if you are interested.

In the mean time, take the poll here (offered concurrently on the CJSM main website).  As you know, we love to hear from you!

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About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

One Response to What to do about concussions?

  1. hi,
    i think that there a few things that can be done to prevent/minimize concussions- most importantly keep spreading the word.
    many athletes stand a strong change to sustain a concussion. we need to be able to recognize when they happen EARLY ON. this is the key. typical post concussive symptoms don’t become obvious to the untrained eye until it’s too late, (a terrible concussion or +5/6 concussions). I think the key is to be able to spot concussions early on and really understand and enforce return to play, (2 weeks or until asymptomatic. ASYMPTOMATIC, not 80%…).

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