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Cervicovestibular rehabilitation following sport-related concussion
  1. Kathryn J Schneider1,2,3,
  2. Willem H Meeuwisse1,3,
  3. Karen M Barlow2,3,
  4. Carolyn A Emery1,5,2,3,4
  1. 1Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  3. 3Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  4. 4Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  5. 5Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kathryn J Schneider, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada; kjschnei{at}ucalgary.ca

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Dizziness, neck pain and headaches are commonly reported following a sport-related concussion and may persist.1 2 A combination of cervical and vestibular physiotherapy facilitates recovery following sport-related concussion in individuals with ongoing symptoms of dizziness, neck pain and headaches.3 In our randomised controlled trial (RCT), a higher proportion of individuals treated with multimodal physiotherapy were reported to be medically cleared to return to sport (within 8 weeks) than that of individuals who received a control intervention.4 However, the effect of timing of treatment is not currently known.

Here we share the results of the second phase of this RCT, which evaluated the efficacy of multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation compared with rest in individuals with persistent symptoms of dizziness, neck pain and/or headaches following a sport-related concussion. Individuals who had already completed an 8-week period of either multimodal physiotherapy …

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