UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Orthopedics

Title: Concussion Recovery

Keywords: Adolescent, head injury (PubMed Search)

Posted: 12/26/2015 by Brian Corwell, MD
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Protracted Recovery from Concussion

Age and sex may influence concussion recovery time frame

Methods: 266 adolescent athletes presenting to a sports medicine concussion clinic

Female athletes had a longer recovery course (P=0.002) and required more treatment interventions (p<0.001).

Female athletes were more likely to require academic accommodations (p<0.001), vestibular therapy (P<0.001) and medications (P<0.001).

Be aware that not all concussion patient subgroups with concussions recover in the same manner. Further study is needed to support whether female adolescent athletes require unique management and treatment guidelines.


Protracted Recovery From a Concussion

A Focus on Gender and Treatment Interventions in an Adolescent Population. Kostyun, Hafeez. Sports Health 2015.