Brooks, J. et al. (2016) BMJ. 355:i5629
Concussion is a clinical diagnosis made after a head injury with consequent associated signs, symptoms, and neurological or cognitive impairment. In the absence of strong evidence, most recommendations on the management and recovery from concussion are based on international expert consensus.
In this podcast John Brooks, academic clinical fellow in general practice, and Simon Kemp, chief medical officer for the Rugby Football Union take us through the process of guiding a patient through recovery and back into everyday life, including sport.
What you need to know
Concussion is temporarily altered brain function after head trauma, and typically resolves over 7-10 days
Thinking and remembering, mood, sleep, behaviour, and consciousness can be affected, and people commonly report headache and altered balance
Suggest mental and physical rest followed by a graduated return to work or school, and finally to exercise and sport
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