Factors Influencing Risk and Recovery from Sport-Related Concussion: Reviewing the Evidence Identifying factors that influence the risk and recovery from sport-related concussion (SRC) has become an important part of the clinical management of the injury. Consensus statements and clinical anecdotes have suggested several factors (i.e., history of migraine headaches) that may increase risk or lead to a protracted recovery from SRC. ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
Factors Influencing Risk and Recovery from Sport-Related Concussion: Reviewing the Evidence
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • R. J. Elbin
    Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation/Office for Sport Concussion Research, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Tracey Covassin
    Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Caitlin Gallion
    Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation/Office for Sport Concussion Research, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Anthony P. Kontos
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/UPMC Sport Concussion Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Financial Disclosure: R. J. Elbin is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. Tracey Covassin is an associate professor at Michigan State University. Caitlin Gallion is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas. Anthony P. Kontos is assistant research director at the University of Pittsburgh.
    Financial Disclosure: R. J. Elbin is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. Tracey Covassin is an associate professor at Michigan State University. Caitlin Gallion is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas. Anthony P. Kontos is assistant research director at the University of Pittsburgh.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: R. J. Elbin has previously published in the subject area. Tracey Covassin has previously published in the subject area. Caitlin Gallion has previously published in the subject area. Anthony P. Kontos has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: R. J. Elbin has previously published in the subject area. Tracey Covassin has previously published in the subject area. Caitlin Gallion has previously published in the subject area. Anthony P. Kontos has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   January 01, 2015
Factors Influencing Risk and Recovery from Sport-Related Concussion: Reviewing the Evidence
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, January 2015, Vol. 25, 4-16. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.1.4
History: Received September 16, 2014 , Revised December 19, 2014 , Accepted December 22, 2014
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, January 2015, Vol. 25, 4-16. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.1.4
History: Received September 16, 2014; Revised December 19, 2014; Accepted December 22, 2014

Identifying factors that influence the risk and recovery from sport-related concussion (SRC) has become an important part of the clinical management of the injury. Consensus statements and clinical anecdotes have suggested several factors (i.e., history of migraine headaches) that may increase risk or lead to a protracted recovery from SRC. In the current paper, we will present evidence supporting primary and secondary risk factors listed in current consensus statements and relevant literature on emerging factors proposed to influence SRC risk and recovery.

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