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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

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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