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The Biomechanics and Pathomechanics of Sport-Related Concussion

Looking at History to Build the Future
  • Kevin M. Guskiewicz
  • Jason P. Mihalik

Abstract

Sport-related concussion is still considered by many as a hidden epidemic in sports medicine. Despite the fact that this condition is not visible by neuroimaging, current research has allowed clinicians to better understand the condition. This chapter will discuss sport-related concussion in the context of the biomechanics and pathomechanics involved with injury. We will further explore how historical studies of concussion-related biomechanics research have paved the way for more novel, technologically advanced mechanisms by which head injury mechanics can be studied.

Key words

Acceleration-deceleration Biomechanics Concussion Diffuse axonal injury Focal injury Mild head injury Mild traumatic brain injury Neuropsychology Pathomechanics Pathophysiology Second impact syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin M. Guskiewicz
    • 1
  • Jason P. Mihalik
    • 1
  1. 1.Sports Medicine Research LaboratoryThe University of North CarolinaChapel Hill

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