Concussion and issues related to post concussion events have gained prominence in North American media, as they become a major focus of injury prevention in sports and recreation activities across all levels of participation. In brief, a concussion is a brain injury. Sometimes referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion results from impact to the brain as a consequence of a blow to the head, or a severe collision of the body. At the University of Prince Edward Island we are conducting exciting research that investigates the various areas of concussion assessment and return to work.
Once accepted as a common and even expected event within sport, concussion has emerged as a prominent sports-related injury at all levels of physical activity, especially where the risk of head trauma is prevalent. Concussion has gained attention because it is linked not only to acute and current trauma, but because the concussion condition has also been linked to post-injury depression as well as long-term dementia.
Currently, there is no single comprehensive strategy for establishing baseline estimates against which recovery from concussion injuries will be compared; and likewise, there is no comprehensive single strategy for establishing return to work following a concussion injury with the exception of rest until symptoms have disappeared.
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