Cutting to the pathophysiology chase: Translating cutting-edge neuroscience to rehabilitation practice in sports-related concussion management

Yufen Chen*, Amy A. Herrold, Virginia T. Gallagher, James L. Reilly, Todd Parrish, Hans C. Breiter

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Abstract

cussion, is a common sports injury. Concussion involves physical injury to brain tissue and vascular and axonal damage that manifests as transient and often nonspecific clinical symptoms. Concussion diagnosis is challenging, and the relationship between brain injury and clinical symptoms is unclear. The purpose of this commentary was to translate cutting-edge neuroscience to rehabilitation practice. We (1) highlight potential biomarkers that may improve our understanding of concussion and its recovery, (2) explain why researchers must address the paucity of concussion research in female athletes, and (3) present female-specific factors that should be accounted for in future studies. Integrating objective, quantitative measures of concussion pathophysiology with concussion history, genetics, and genomics will help caregivers identify concussed athletes, tailor recovery protocols, and protect athletes from potential long-term effects of cumulative head impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-818
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Volume49
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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