Keywords: closed head injury, concussion, CHI (PubMed Search)
Over 630,000 children visit the ED every year with a diagnosis of concussion
Predictors of persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS):
Appromixately 1/3 of pediatric patients will have PPCS lasting over 2 weeks
Likelihood of PPCS increases to >50% in those with risk factors identified in the ED
Every state has a youth concussion law. The basic tenants are a) immediate removal from play b) written clearance from health professional to return to play c) education for athlete, parents, coaches.