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Sports-related concussions are serious, widely prevalent, and often under-reported traumatic brain injuries.  This presentation discusses the pathophysiology and sequelae of concussion as well as proper identification, evaluation, and patient management.  Severe, moderate, and even mild concussions have a high potential for significant long-term deleterious effects on an athlete.  Extensive anatomical and physiological damage may be present from just one traumatic blow to the head.  Advocating for an athlete to sit out the rest of an event by knowing the signs and symptoms specific to a concussion may be the difference between a decent versus a terrible outcome. 

Target Audience:  Can be used for all levels

Advanced Basic