From Prevention to Rehabilitation: Bridging the Gaps in Pediatric Concussion Research



Keith Yeates


Carolyn Emery
Cheryl Wellington
Keith Yeates
Roger Zemek



Concussion is ubiquitous among children and youth. In the United States each year, children are estimated to sustain 1.1 to 1.9 million sports- and recreation-related concussions, and account for nearly 650,000 emergency department visits for mild traumatic brain injuries. Concussions often are followed by ongoing symptoms. In prospective cohort studies of children with concussion, persistent postconcussion symptoms occur in upwards of 30% at 1 month and 10% at 3 months post-injury, with attendant declines in quality of life.

Despite an upsurge in research on pediatric concussion in the past decade, major scientific gaps remain, hindering evidence-informed prevention and care. This symposium will present state-of-the-art research on concussion prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and management that is beginning to fill those gaps.

Prof. Carolyn Emery will describe research on the prevention of concussion, focusing particularly on her large prospective cohort studies in the area of youth sport. Prof. Cheryl Wellington will present research on the development and validation of a novel translational animal model that has afforded critical insights into the underlying pathophysiology of concussion. Prof. Keith Yeates will present data from several large prospective cohort studies examining neurobiological and psychosocial factors as predictors of the outcomes of pediatric concussion. Dr. Roger Zemek will describe recent and ongoing research examining the effects of rest versus activity on recovery from concussion, and attendant implications for management.

The goal of the symposium is to highlight the capacity of translational research, large prospective cohort studies, and clinical trials to push forward the scientific frontiers in pediatric concussion. The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience.



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