Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine: Concussion and Other Nervous System Injuries in the Athlete
Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine: Concussion andOther Nervous System Injuries in the Athlete presentstechniques for diagnosis and treatment of head-related injuries toenable medical professionals to provide the best care possible.Authored by a respected team of neurosurgeons, including highlyregarded concussion researcher Julian Bailes, this evidence-basedreference offers expert guidelines for managing these seriousinjuries.A strong focus is placed on concussion due to the risk involvedwith this common injury. The text outlines how to recognize,assess, and treat concussions, preparing practitioners to calmlyrespond to athletes who are exhibiting signs of this dangerouscondition. It also reviews the biomechanics and pathophysiology atthe core of concussions to better understand their clinicalpresentations.Critical return-to-play guidelines and participationrecommendations for patients with preexisting neurologicalconditions or structural lesions arm medical professionals with theprinciples needed for making appropriate decisions for athletes'safety. The text explains the roles of pharmacological management,natural treatment approaches, rehabilitation strategies, andeducation. In addition, chapters provide coverage of postconcussionsyndrome, subconcussion, and second-impact syndrome.Handbook of Neurological Sports Medicine also takes alook at other traumatic injuries, including injuries to thecervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, and the soft tissue andfascia within the spinal unit. It provides an overview ofperipheral nervous system injuries to ensure medical professionalsunderstand those serious and potentially career-ending issues,reviews facets of optimal response with suspected or proven spinalinjury, and discusses the evaluation and management of athleteswith non-concussion-related headaches and heat illness orheatstroke. The text includes additional features to address issuessurrounding critical injuries:• Guidance on developing an action plan for athletic eventsprepares first responders for emergency situations.• A review of cases of interest provides examples of situationsthat can—and do—occur.• Medicolegal considerations educate practitioners aboutnegligence, standard of care, and proximate cause.• More than 150 photos and illustrations offer visual support tofurther explain the injuries.The evaluation and management of sport-related neurologicalinjuries have matured at an unprecedented rate. Handbook ofNeurological Sports Medicine is a critical resource for allwho encounter and treat neurological injuries, providing thefoundation for the clinical decisions that all athletic medicalpractitioners must make to give their patients the best treatmentpossible.Continuing education credits and units may also be earned basedon the subject matter in this book. Explore online CE courseoptions in Human Kinetics' Continuing Education store.