Clinical Management of Sports-Related Pediatric Concussions

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This article describes the challenges of diagnosis and treatment of pediatric concussive injuries, with particular attention to the effects of concussion on the developing brain. It highlights the need for individualized, age-dependent care; standardized return-to-play and return-to-school protocols; and better-informed clinicians, parents, teachers, and coaches.



CE/CME No: CR-1409

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Define the term concussion.
• Identify the major signs and symptoms of a concussion.
• Discuss the initial management of a pediatric patient with a suspected sports-related concussion.
• Describe the current recommendations for return to play after a pediatric concussion.
• Explain the main challenges clinicians face in the management of pediatric concussions

Sydney Meckler is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Columbia University, New York City. The author has no significant financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.25 hours of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of September 2014.

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