n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Concussion in sport : practical management guidelines for medical practitioners : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Concussion is a common and serious injury occurring in contact sport. <br>Concussion is a disturbance of brain function and structural changes are rarely demonstrated on CT scan. <br>All concussed athletes should be medically evaluated at a formal trauma unit and a neurosurgical opinion obtained as soon after the injury as possible. <br>A significant number of athletes may take weeks for the symptoms of concussion to resolve. <br>Computerised cognitive function testing is a reliable, sensitive, and user-friendly means of assessing cognitive function, replacing traditional 'paper and pencil' tests. <br>Return-to-play decisions should ideally be individualised for a particular athlete and made by a multidisciplinary team of concussion experts including a sports physician, neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist and exercise therapist at an appropriate sports concussion centre.

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