Concussion in sport: the importance of accurate and reliable discharge advice
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Concussion in sport: the importance of accurate and reliable discharge advice

Cormac Norton Lecturer, Clinical simulation and clinical practice, School of Health Professions, Mandurah Campus, Murdoch University, Mandurah WA, Australia

Concussion in sport is a common presentation in urgent and emergency care settings, so it is essential that nurses have a full understanding of the condition. Most patients who attend an emergency department with concussion are discharged and discharge advice must be well-informed and evidence based. This article outlines the normal anatomy of the brain and the pathophysiology of concussion, and discusses the guidelines on returning to sport following this injury.

Emergency Nurse. 25, 10, 35-42. doi: 10.7748/en.2018.e1724

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c.norton@murdoch.edu.au

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 11 April 2017

Accepted: 04 September 2017

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