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Teens Need Physical, Mental Care for Sports Concussions

According to Reuters, a study shows teenagers who are suffering from a sports concussion may recover better when receiving coordinated care that focuses on physical and mental health symptoms.d

Traditional Concussion Care is a Passive Approach

Researchers tested a treatment approach that involved assigning a case manager to each teenage patient to help them manage and reduce their concussion systems. The non-traditional approach included several psychological approaches, such as relaxation, guided imagery and guidance about sleep.

The study, according to Reuters, showed that the coordinated care group and the traditional care control group both showed a decline in concussion symptoms over 6 months, but the coordinated care group continued to make gains between the third and six months. The traditional approach would hit a plateau.

In addition, only 13 percent of teens in the coordinated care group showed post-concussion symptoms after six months compared to 42 percent of teens who went through traditional care, according to the study.

Although the study was small and included mostly white female participants, the findings may suggest that the coordinated, collaborative care model is worth researching further, reports Reuters.

The study was conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington.

Important Information on Child and Teenage Concussions

Here is some information regarding concussions in children and teens, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion, balance problems, and more.

If your child or teen receives a concussion:

  • Remove the child from play.
  • Keep the child out of play until a medical provider is seen.
    • Returning to play too soon – while the brain is healing – increases the chance of having a repeat concussion, causing potential permanent brain damage.
  • Seek medical care.
  • Get written concussion care instructions from a medical provider.
    • An athlete should not have any symptoms from the injury when doing normal activities before returning to play.

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