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Subsequent traumatic injuries after a concussion in elite ice hockey: A study over 28 years
Linköping University.
Umeå university.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Medical Science.
Linköping University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports and Ttrauma Research Group, Winternet, Bodens sjukhus, Ortopedkliniken, Läkarhuset Hermelinen Luleå, Sjukgymnastiken, Department of Orthopaedics, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Umeå University, Department of Orthopaedics, Sunderby Hospital.
2015 (English)In: Current Research: Concussion, Vol. 2, no 3, 109-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Concussion is a frequent injury in contact sports. Following a concussion, balance and neurocognitive function have been shown to be affected for >6 days. OBJECTIVE: To analyze whether athletes who have sustained a concussion are at an increased risk for subsequent traumatic injuries. METHODS: A cohort study was performed to investigate all concussions that were sustained in one Swedish elite hockey club over 28 seasons. All injuries and absences were registered prospectively. Players who sustained a concussion were followed-up for seven, 21 and 42 days with respect to new injuries and were compared with a group of players with knee distortions/knee medial collateral ligament injuries. RESULTS: Players who sustained a cerebral concussion did not have an increased risk for subsequent injuries compared with players who experienced a knee injury; however, concussed athletes experienced significantly more serious subsequent injuries (absence >28 days) within 21 days after return to play. Discussion: The authors were unable to confirm whether players who return to play following a concussion are at a higher risk for subsequent new injuries. However, a significantly increased risk for a severe subsequent injury after a concussion may exist. There may also be a possibly increased risk for subsequent injury among players who sustained >1 concussion during the study period. CONCLUSION: The authors were unable to confirm their hypothesis; however, the possibility of a higher risk for a more serious injury following a concussion requires further study.

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2015. Vol. 2, no 3, 109-112 p.
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Health Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8439Local ID: 6f32cd8b-f3c3-448e-bf0d-ecec563cfb8aOAI: diva2:981377
Godkänd; 2016; 20160211 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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