AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Concussion Recovery in Children is Not One-Size-Fits-All

A new study suggests that not all children follow the same path to concussion recovery, nor do they have the same predictors for returning to normal activity. The study also suggests that younger children should be considered separately from high-school-aged students.

“Concussions are common among children, yet the literature is limited with regard to understanding trajectory of recovery after concussion, particularly in children with non-sports related injuries and for younger children,” explains Kaitlyn Chin, a second-year medical student at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and lead investigator in the study. “We were particularly interested in understanding how activity levels during recovery from concussion influence time to full recovery, in order to be able to identify modifiable factors to help guide concussion care. Previous studies have noted differences in the amount of time it takes children to recover from a concussion, and our team recently initiated a study to see if we can identify predictors associated with the amount of time between injury and when a child is medically cleared to return to activities which place the child at risk for re-injury,” she says.

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