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Why the medical history matters for concussion

Having a brief & easy-to-access medical history of an athlete during a concussion evaluation may be an important part of proper decision making.


With how many athletes athletic trainers and other clinicians are responsible for, and with new athletes each year, remembering everything about all their athletes is difficult, if not impossible.
 
Having a brief & easy-to-access medical history of an athlete during a concussion evaluation may be an important part of understanding their risk of sustaining a concussion and help in moving forward with proper decision making.
 
A recent study from the Care Consortium project suggested that athletes with neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosis (deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disability (LD), and ADHD+LD) were more likely to report prior concussions and were more likely to sustain subsequent concussions.
 
This supports previous work and further supports that quickly understanding certain medical history factors may be important for decision making and risk analysis when handling concussions.
 
That is why we have made it extremely simple for clinicians using our Synaptek app to see, with a click of a button, a quick medical snapshot of an athlete that includes: number of prior concussions, number of current medications, or whether they have a learning disability, headache or migraine disorders, or any mental health or psychiatric disorders.
 
 
There is still much more work to understand how these factors directly relate to concussion outcomes- but the easy way in which you can access this data in the app may help support current concussion research and management. 

 

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