Postinjury Issues and Ethics of Return to Play in Pediatric Concussion
Concussion management is an individualized process and therefore can be confusing to patients, parents, and other caregivers. There are guidelines to assist in identifying concussion symptoms and suggest return-to-play plans, but each patient deserves a unique approach to their injury. This chapter reviews the potential long-term complications of concussion, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, chronic headaches, and neurocognitive dysfunction. It also explores the possible management options for concussed children and adolescents, many of which are emerging and somewhat experimental. Long-term psychosocial concerns are addressed. The ethics of return-to-play are also discussed.
KeywordsYoung Athlete Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy National Football League Posttraumatic Headache Vestibular Rehabilitation
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