Journal article

The nature and duration of acute concussive symptoms in Australian football

PR McCrory, M Ariens, SF Berkovic

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2000

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to document the nature and temporal profile of the clinical symptoms of acute sport-related concussion. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study PATIENT POPULATION: A total of 303 elite Australian football players participating in a national competition during a single season. OUTCOME MEASURES: Number and duration of symptoms, digit symbol substitution test (DSST) scores, time of return to play post injury. RESULTS: A total of 23 concussions were recorded over the course of the 20-week football season. No catastrophic head injuries occurred. Headache was the most common symptom and the most persistent, with 40% of players reporting headache symptoms las..

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