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Newsline Concussions: Don’t let the name fool you DUE TO the lack of a standard were more than twice as likely to deﬁnition for the term concussion, return to school sooner (severity the label is often applied to people of injury notwithstanding). The with mild traumatic brain injuries ﬁndings suggest that if a child is as well as to those with more severe given a diagnosis of concussion, injuries. A new study reveals that the family is less likely to consider in children, the concussion label it an actual injury to the brain and is strongly predictive of earlier may not be taking the condition discharge from the hospital and an seriously enough. earlier return to school, indepen- In other concussion news, an dent of the presence of associated exercise training program helped PUNCHSTOCK injuries and score on the Glasgow a small group of individuals suf- Coma Scale. fering from post-concussion syn- “Clinicians may use the concus- drome (PCS) regain the ability sion label because it is less alarming to return to their daily activities. to parents than the term mild brain In PCS, concussion symptoms Youngsters whether a person has suffered a injury, with the intent of implying persist beyond six weeks for labeled as concussion: a cylinder attached that the injury is transient with unknown reasons. having a to a weighted disk. In a study, no signiﬁcant long-term conse- Investigators employed treadmill concussion seven of eight college athletes with quences,” investigators explain testing and subsequent supervised had shorter concussions took about 15% lon- (Pediatrics. 2010;125:327-334). increases in exercise to help 12 hospital stays. ger to catch the device compared In an analysis of 434 children PCS patients get back to their with their reaction times record- hospitalized with the diagnosis of everyday routines in fewer than ed at their preseason physicals. acquired brain injury, the young- four months (Clin J Sport Med. The
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