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Lessons From Sport-Related Concussion: High School Football to Afghanistan
Friday, March 23, 2012,
Sidlaw Auditorium, Level 3

Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) has a large adverse effect on a person’s physical and cognitive functioning in the first few days post injury. Physiologically, this has been conceptualized as arising mostly from a multilayered neurometabolic cellular response to injury. MTBI usually does not result in macrostructural damage to the brain in athletes, but does result in such damage in a minority of civilians and military service members. The vast majority of injured athletes appear to recover functionally within 2-28 days post injury. Certain clinical characteristics, present in the first 72 hours post injury, are predictive of functional recovery within 10 days or less in athletes. The literature on multiple concussions has yielded mixed findings, but there is some evidence that multiply injured athletes might have reduced thresholds to, and slower recovery from, future injuries. Return to sport and return to military duty protocols are similar in many ways. Some athletes and service members are slow to recover from this injury and do not return to sport or duty within the first month following injury. The rationale for active rehabilitation for those who are slow to recover will be presented.

Grant Iverson (Canada)

Chair: Barry Jordan (USA)