Concussion guidelines for physicians

Concussions are considered the “invisible” injury, since they do not show up on medical imaging tests such as x-rays or CT scans. But they are also considered “invisible” because their effects are often misunderstood. The Concussion Guidelines for Physicians has been developed to help physicians, nurses, students and other healthcare professionals understand and navigate the sometimes difficult process of recovery from concussion.

In the Concussion Guidelines for Physicians

This comprehensive guideline covers the following questions:

  1. What is a concussion?
  2. Do you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion?
  3. Who gets a concussion?
  4. What are the signs and symptoms?
  5. What exactly causes the symptoms?
  6. How do I make a diagnosis? 
  7. I’m at the rink or the field and I suspect someone has sustained a concussion. How do I deal with this?
  8. A concussed athlete comes into my office for assessment. How do I do this?
  9. Do I need to order any imaging?
  10. How can I manage this player?
  11. When should I provide clearance to return to play if I’m asked to do so?
  12. What about somebody who has had multiple concussions?
  13. Are children managed differently?
  14. Is there anything I can do to try and prevent concussion?
  15. What does the future hold?
Concussion Guidelines for Physicians
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