The Acute Management of Sport Concussion in Pediatric Athletes

J Child Neurol. 2015 Oct;30(12):1686-94. doi: 10.1177/0883073815574335. Epub 2015 Apr 1.


During the past two decades the focus on sport concussion has increased significantly. Young athletes represent the most vulnerable population to sustain a sport concussion yet receive the least amount of attention. Specifically, young athletes who sustain a sport concussion can go unrecognized and continue to participate in sport putting them at an increased risk for a more significant injury. The purpose of this review is to provide a clinical framework for the evaluation and management of sport concussion. In addition, this review provides considerations for health care professionals in regard to clinical measures and follow-up strategies during the acute phase following concussion in young concussed athletes following injury.

Keywords: children; clinical evaluation; concussion; sideline; traumatic brain injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Athletes
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Brain Concussion / therapy*
  • Child
  • Humans