What's New in Sports-Related Concussions?

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 Concussion in the News
June 28, 2016

The Jockey's Guild and the University of Kentucky have developed a 3-year concussion protocol pilot study to be conducted in Kentucky, with the hopes of building on the program regionally and nationally. The program will increase efforts to have riders participate in a Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 3) test. The SCAT 3 provides physical and cognitive baseline scores so that pre- and post-injury scores can be compared by a physician if a rider falls. The program requires that all Kentucky riders participate in the tests each year, as well as new riders travelling to Kentucky. Additionally, post-injury return-to-sport recommendations have been reformed to apply to riding.
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Summer is in full swing over here, meaning sun, fun, and tons of outdoor activities and sports! Those of us working at   The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation
would like to bring you up-to-date on the latest concussion research and news.  Below you will find links to articles about developments in concussion-related diagnosis, prevention and testing.

The more we know about concussion, the more we can do to protect our athletes from long-term head injury. We hope you will continue to turn to   The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee Rehabilitation  to keep you informed.  Please feel free to contact us for any of your concussion needs.
The Latest Concussion Research
June 27, 2016

June 21, 2016

A study published this month in the Journal of Pediatrics found that concussion numbers in adolescents under age 18 are drastically underestimated. The study analyzed data from three national databases tracking concussion:  MarketScan, the  National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the  National High School Sports Related Injury Surveillance System to count the number of concussion diagnoses that were made in the ER versus other places such as doctor's offices or by athletic trainers. Findings show that the vast majority of concussion diagnoses occur outside of the ER; yet the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) uses only emergency room visits to track the national rate of concussion. This study highlights the need for improved tracking methods to accurately understand the depth and breadth of pediatric concussion. 

Medical News Today
April 21, 2016

New research from the Medical College of Wisconsinfound that high school and college age athletes who reported psychosomatic complaints before a concussive injury took significantly longer to recover than those who had not. Although these findings are preliminary, researchers hope that future studies will help improve outcomes for those more prone to longer recovery times.
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