Journal article

On-field management and return-to-play in sports-related concussion in children: Are children managed appropriately?

Harini P Haran, Silvia Bressan, Ed Oakley, Gavin A Davis, Vicki Anderson, Franz E Babl

JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: On-field management and return-to-play guidelines aim to ensure the identification and appropriate management of the concussed athlete. Compliance with current guidelines in many settings is unknown. We assessed whether key components of current concussion guidelines are being followed in child athletes. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. METHODS: Data were collected from children (5-18 years) presenting to a paediatric emergency department with sport-related concussion via researcher-administered surveys in the emergency department and during a follow up phone call. On hospital discharge all patients received a return to sports fact sheet based on the International Concuss..

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Grants

Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors declare that there are no competing interests and no grants associated with the research contained within this manuscript. We acknowledge the support of the families involved in the study, the assistance of medical and nursing staff and Ms. Amanda Williams, emergency research coordinator, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia. This study was supported by the Victorian Government Infrastructure Support programme and the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (2014-400), Melbourne, Australia.