Here is a summary of the developments of the 3rd symposium on concussion in sport. This was held in Zurich and brought together the "big dawgs" in sports concussion. Since this is merely a summary, I ask that you all read the original document in its entirety as well as my summary found at Research Review Service.
Here's the summary:
The 3rd and most recent symposium was based on the need to address issues pertaining to acute simple concussion, return-to-play, complex concussion and long-term issues, pediatric concussion, and future directions. Additionally, this statement examined and addressed the management issues discussed in the first and second symposia.
The SCAT2 now boasts four pages of examination resources to aid in the concussion assessment protocol. Specifically, the previously integrated evaluation components have been expanded to its original sources and the SCAT2 now incorporates the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), the Modified Maddocks Questionnaire and the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) as separate entities within. Identified in this tool is its potential use for baseline testing. The quantification of injury evaluation plays a significant role in the updated SCAT2 and permits the tabulation of an “overall” test score. Unfortunately, however, a definitive “cut-off” score has yet to be determined. Useful though is the ability to isolate and quantify the SAC score for use in the management of a particular concussive event.
A section devoted to balance testing (based on the modified Balance Error Scoring System) was also incorporated. This protocol utilized the double leg, single leg, and tandem stances. A finger-to-nose task was also included to isolate upper limb coordination. Finally, a detachable section on the final page permits the provision of advice to those sustaining a concussive injury.
...well there you have it. Again, I advise you to read both the document in its entirety as well as my review posted on www.researchreviewservice.com
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