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Paediatric sport related concussion pilot study
  1. P McCrory1,
  2. G Davis2
  1. 1University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; paulmccr@bigpond.net.au
  2. 2Cabrini Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia

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    A study was undertaken to determine the degree to which paediatric neurosurgeons agreed on the optimum management of sport related concussion in children. A paradigm for management of concussion in children has not been defined, and the management of such patients largely relies on expert advice from neurosurgeons. This pilot study aimed to establish current consensus neurosurgical practice for management of children with sport related concussion.

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    For the purposes of this study, we defined sport related concussion as a head injury occurring during sport (or play) participation in children 5–15 years of age with an admission Glasgow coma score of 15 and a normal neurological examination. A standardised questionnaire was sent to 20 neurosurgeons throughout Australia identified as having specific expertise in paediatric neurosurgery. There were three parts to the questionnaire. The first related to the routine management of uncomplicated sport related concussion in …

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