Provider Attitudes Towards Return to Sport for Youth Athletes with Concussions

Curtis Bashore, Eric K Nagarajan, Nicholas R Dick, Michael Berken, Rahul Kapur, Bill Roberts

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Abstract

The diagnosis and management of concussion relies upon clinical assessment tools with no proven objective means for diagnosis. With the current assessment tools available, the variability in provider competency for diagnosis and management of concussion is a concern. To determine whether or not discrepancies among providers exist, we conducted a multi-site survey of primary care providers with questions regarding assessment tools, recent consensus guidelines, return-to-sport (RTS) clearance after concussion, and familiarity with state RTS guidelines for youth athletes. We found that familiarity with consensus guidelines and Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) guidelines fall on a spectrum from complete unfamiliarity to regular, consistent use. Additionally, a lack of communication from the sideline healthcare staff (e.g., athletic trainers) to clinic-based health providers exists. There are potential interventions to improve the quality of concussion management and RTS clearance in youth athletes
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Health Review
Volume2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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