Sport-related concussion in the young athlete

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2006 Aug;18(4):376-82. doi: 10.1097/


Purpose of review: The purpose of this review is to present an overview of sport-related concussion in the young athlete and review recent publications of clinical and scientific importance.

Recent findings: Recent findings show that young athletes are more susceptible to concussions than older athletes and more likely to develop second impact syndrome, as well as long-term negative cumulative consequences. Further, ongoing research suggests a more prolonged disturbance of brain function following a concussion than previously believed.

Summary: Given the increased vulnerability of the young athlete, current research suggests conservative management of concussion and return-to-play decisions. A decision tree diagram to assist the practitioner in making return-to-play recommendations for the young athlete is included in this review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology
  • Brain Concussion / etiology*
  • Brain Concussion / physiopathology
  • Brain Concussion / therapy
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • United States / epidemiology