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Mitigation & Treatment

MITIGATION & TREATMENT

Following evaluation, research is required to reduce the risk of further concussions by having the individual to return to play too soon. Current methods of clinical assessment that involve symptom observation and neuropsychological testing do not provide a comprehensive representation of how the brain is recovering, potentially allowing a person to return to play before they have fully recovered. As recent research has shown that the risk of further injury after a concussion rises by 50% it is important to be able to provide reliable and valid measures of concussion recovery. This will allow for confidence when an individual is allowed to return to sport.

Treatment is also an area lacking in research. Current guidelines suggest an individual should take complete rest after concussion’ however, with depression a potential issue following concussion, there are new suggestions that an active recovery is required. As there is limited evidence for both working hypotheses, research is required to systematically research post-concussion treatment options.