Fears grow over youth concussion diagnoses

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Fewer than 20 per cent of concussed children are diagnosed with concussion and even less seek medical attention after receiving potentially concussive trauma, a recent study has discovered.

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Concerns have been raised over kids' concussed diagnoses.

Concerns have been raised after a recent study by neurosurgeon Professor Gavin Davis discovered that fewer than 20 per cent of concussed children are diagnosed with concussion, with fewer seeking medical attention after receiving potentially concussive trauma.

Sports Medicine Australia chief executive officer Nello Marino said the treatment of concussion is a serious issue facing all contact sports, at both the professional and community levels. The harsh reality is that those most vulnerable are at the junior level.

“Being able to correctly identify a concussion and deal with it accordingly is a skill anyone involved with junior sport should possess. Once identified, the number one objective should be the safety and health of that child,” said Marino.

Amid the growing concerns, Professor Davis has authored a detailed guide on how to deal with child’s concussion in Sport Medicine Australia’s quarterly publication Sports Health.

 “Management of concussion is very simple. If there is any suspicion of a concussion, the child must be removed from the field of play, be medically assessed and not allowed to return to play that day,” said Professor Davis.

 “This means no sport, school, reading, computer, internet, electronic games in the first few days following concussion, and a medical clearance is necessary before returning to any of these activities.”

Sports Medicine Australia advocates for all junior sporting clubs to have an accredited sports first-aider or sport trainer available during practice and training, as they are crucial in the management of concussion.

For more information on the study, visit sma.org.au

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