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Concussion in Pediatric Neuropsychology

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Abstract

Millions of children and adolescents sustain concussions annually through sports and other causes, making concussion a relevant and important topic for pediatric neuropsychologists. Because media accounts of concussion and concussion sequelae have often been sensationalized, parents, teachers, and other interested parties stand to benefit from education about pediatric concussion (e.g., a concussion is synonymous with a mild traumatic brain injury, there is no such thing as a “concussion test,” a relatively quick return to normal activity is recommended following a concussion, application of the postconcussional syndrome diagnosis might engender iatrogenic (i.e., harmful) effects). The purpose of this review article is to provide evidence-based clarification about these issues and to offer recommendations for a sound clinical approach to working with children and adolescents who have a history of concussion.

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    Figure 2 was modified from the original figure in Kaufman and Bush (2020); “pressure from examinee” was replaced with “pressure from family”.

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Kaufman, N.K., Bush, S.S. Concussion in Pediatric Neuropsychology. J Pediatr Neuropsychol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40817-020-00078-3

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  • Concussion
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Postconcussional syndrome
  • Pediatric
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