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Technical knockout: when is traumatic brain injury “just” a concussion?
O’Halloran, P J; Johnson, A
While cricket is an unlikely source of concussion, the fierce contagion of media coverage surrounding Rugby and Gaelic Football has led to difficulties in deciphering real from perceived risk. The surge in public interest has forced this young science to mature quickly. The principles of managing head injury have not changed, but there is now a greater awareness that concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussion is a poorly understood, historical term, used to describe a low velocity injury causing brain “shaking.” This results in a nebulous cluster of non-specific symptoms. The most recent attempt to redefine the term was in 2012 (Zurich). The key features of concussion involve the transmission of an impulsive force to the head, the rapid onset of transient, spontaneously resolving neurological impairment, and clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness1
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Type: Journal article
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Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Irish Medical Journal
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First Indexed: 2016-09-24 07:06:45 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 06:21:09