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Medical News and Perspectives
September 19, 2007

Researchers Seek Headway in Bringing Science to Sports Concussion Treatment

JAMA. 2007;298(11):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1265

Put a bunch of football players on the gridiron, and sooner or later someone will receive a concussion. What happens next—treatment and recovery—remains an inexact science.

Understanding of concussion (also known as mild traumatic brain injury) and other sports-related head injuries is still growing. Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation protocols remain in question because of a lack of rigorous trial data. Among the basic issues still unresolved are how to define concussion.

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