New concussion guidelines

(WTNH)-Dr. Mark Herceg, Director of Center for Concussion Care and Director of Psychology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, discusses new guidelines for post-concussion recovery. Dr. Herceg was among the world’s top concussion experts invited to participate in the Annual Consensus on Sports Concussion Conference in Berlin, Germany. Resulting from the conference are new, research-based guidelines for returning to activity post-concussion that are a major shift away from the conventional wisdom of limiting patients to isolation and dark until asymptomatic. By day three post-concussion, a careful, moderate return to normal daily activities, study and play is healthy and safe for many (but not all) patients — even while still symptomatic. New concussion assessment tools – “the SCAT 5” – were also developed. Parents and coaches should be familiar with the revised assessment tools and return-to-activity guidelines. Reminder: Children should be seen by properly trained brain experts when dealing with a concussion and parents should be careful of baseline misuse. More information on the Center for Concussion Care at Gaylord Hospital can be found here.

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