Journal article

Concussion in adolescent rugby union players: comprehensive acute assessment protocol and development of the SSC concussion passport to monitor long-term health

Ciaran Cosgrove, Colm Fuller, Andy Franklyn-Miller, Eanna Falvey, Cliff Beirne, John Ryan, Paul McCrory

BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018


Introduction: Sports-related concussion (SRC) can be challenging to diagnose, assess and manage. Much of the SRC research is conducted on adults. The assessment of SRC should aim to identify deficits using a detailed multimodal assessment; however, most studies investigating the effects of SRC use diagnostic tools in isolation. It is likely that a combination of diagnostic tests will improve diagnostic accuracy. In this study, we aim to investigate how concussion affects adolescent rugby players and how a variety of diagnostic tools interact with each other as participants recover from their injury. The study will also determine the logistics of recording an individual's concussion history o..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study is supported and funded by the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin (SSC).