Journal article

A Prospective Study of Postconcussive Outcomes After Return to Play in Australian Football

Michael Makdissi, Antony Ugoni, David Darby, Peter Brukner

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Decisions regarding safe return to play after concussion in sport remain difficult. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a concussed player returned to play using an individual clinical management strategy is at risk of impaired performance or increased risk of injury or concussion. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: All elite Australian football players were followed for 4 seasons. Players were recruited into the study after sustaining a concussive injury. Outcome measures included performance statistics (disposals per hour match-time), injury rates, and recurrence of concussion on return to play. A subset of players had brief screening cognitive tests perform..

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