Good News: Return to Play Following Sport Concussion Is Getting Personal
Athletes have all been touched by concussion in some way. While concussion is now known to be a serious condition with no medical treatment available, the good news is that care for concussion is changing—it’s getting more personal.
Most athletes suffering concussion return to play after sufficient rest. Many however have problems that persist for days, weeks or even months. Why do some players return to play without incident and others have issues? One reason is that every concussion is different and every athlete is different.
With the recent recognition that the external physical ‘G’ forces causing concussions are highly variable, and with a growing understanding of the genetic influences on concussions, more and more people are working with their physicians to collect and use information about their own ‘Concussion Experience.’ This data capture can provide a personalized roadmap in the return to play process.
In this section you will learn about:
- The relationship between DNA and traumatic brain injury
- How genetic testing can provide valuable information about your sport concussion
- About Athleticode’s APOE test
- The role of cognitive testing in concussion assessment and rehabilitation during the return to play process
- Athletes, parents and physicians tackling concussion together - tips for talking with your doctor