chapter  9
Sport-related concussion
Critical issues moving forward
WithAnthony P. Kontos, Erin Reynolds
Pages 12

Concussions involve myriad symptoms, including cognitive, somatic, emotional, and sleep dysfunction, as well as cognitive, vestibular, and other impairments. The field of sport-related concussion has grown rapidly in the past decade with the advent of concussion specific clinics, numerous special issues in sports medicine and neuropsychology journals, and intense media coverage devoted to this issue. Sport-related concussions have even made their way into video games with the recent introduction of concussion as an injury that players might sustain while playing the Madden 2012 football game. This chapter briefly discusses five critical issues facing the growing field of sport-related concussion. Specifically, it examines the following issues: lack of consensus in the field; the need for evidence-based approaches to assessment and management; a lack of awareness of the psychological issues that may accompany concussion; health disparities in concussion management; and a movement toward a more targeted approach to assessing and managing concussion.