Sport-related concussions have become an increasingly important topic as evidenced by recent media attention. Due in large part to the complex nature of concussive injuries, there is great discrepancy in the effect these injuries have on individual functioning and the type and nature of services that best facilitate recovery. This book is intended as a complete reference guide dealing with sports-related concussions.
"Very timely…a well written, thorough review of the topic of concussion. This greatly needed book will be a useful tool for health care providers at the forefront of concussion care."
—Chantel Debert, University of Calgary, Canada
Section I: What is a concussion?
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Concussion revisited: A historical perspective: How has the focus on concussion evolved over the years
Chapter 3 Concussion incidence, risk factors, and prevention: What is the scope of the problem?
Chapter 4 Biomechanics of sports concussion: How do sport concussions happen?
Chapter 5 Acute diagnosis of sports concussion: How do we identify a concussion?
Section II: Managing a concussion
Chapter 6 Rest and recovery from concussion: How should rest be used in concussion management
Chapter 7 Early management recommendations: What should be done now that we know it is a concussion?
Chapter 8 Physiotherapy and concussion: What can the physiotherapist do?
Chapter 9 Role of neuropsychology in sport concussion: What can the neuropsychologist do?
Chapter 10 The role of the occupational therapist in concussion management: What can the occupational therapist do?
Chapter 11 The role of the psychologist and psychiatrist in pediatric concussion management: What can they do for me?
Section III: Recovery and beyond
Chapter 12 Return to school: When and how should return to school be organized after a concussion?
Chapter 13 Return to work: When and how should I return to work after a concussion?
Chapter 14 Return to sports: When and how should I return to sports after a concussion?
Chapter 15 How to manage persistent problems: What if I don’t recover as quickly as I expected from a concussion
Chapter 16 When the effects of concussions endure: What are some of the longer term consequences?
Section IV: Additional considerations
Chapter 17 Team and high risk sports: The baseline model: Is it useful to measure an athlete’s abilities before the sport season?
Chapter 18 On-field diagnosis and management of concussion: What should be done while I am still on the field?
Chapter 19 Emerging diagnosis technology: What is coming up in terms of the use of biomarkers of concussion?
Chapter 20 Emerging diagnosis technology: What is coming up in terms of the use of imaging technology in concussion care?
Chapter 21 Emerging treatments: What is coming up in terms of the use of technology for treatment of concussion?
Section V: Putting it all together: Complete concussion care
Chapter 22 Putting it all together: The need for personalized care after concussion
Chapter 23 Complex case studies