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Should Potential Risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Be Discussed with Young Athletes? AMA J Ethics 2017 Jul 01;19(7):686-692

Date

08/17/2017

Pubmed ID

28813241

DOI

10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.7.pfor1-1707

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85042033390   8 Citations

Abstract

As participation in youth sports has risen over the past two decades, so has the incidence of youth sports injuries. A common topic of concern is concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, in young athletes and whether concussions sustained at a young age could lead to lifelong impairment such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While the pathway from a concussed young athlete to an adult with CTE remains unknown, current research is attempting to provide more clarity. This article discusses how health care professionals can help foster an informed, balanced decision-making process regarding participation in contact sports that involves the parents as well as the children.

Author List

Hornbeck K, Walter K, Myrvik M

Authors

Matthew Myrvik PhD Associate Professor in the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Kevin D. Walter MD Associate Professor in the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Athletes
Athletic Injuries
Brain Concussion
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Decision Making
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Risk
Sports