Return to Play Decisions Are Complicated

Multiple concussions versus a single concussion in sports elevate the need for expert medical advice before returning to play.

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When athletes begin to get multiple concussions, the decision to return them to play, or even to end their career perhaps, is complicated, and that has to be done often or usually with expert medical advice with the addition of neuropsychological testing, sometimes brain-imaging tests like MRI scans. So multiple concussions really elevates the problem and the issue particularly if you are considering returning that athlete back into potentially more head collisions.
Posted on BrainLine April 13, 2012.

Produced by Noel Gunther, Brian King, and Michael Yoswa, BrainLine.

About the author: Julian Bailes, MD

Julian Bailes, MD is a founding member of the Brain Injury Research Institute and professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is a recognized leader in the field of neurosurgery and the impact of brain injury on cognitive function.

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