Concussion Update

Editor’s note: In addition to Jennifer’s excellent summary, check out the FULL and UPDATED chapter from Tintinalli’s on head injury in adults. This is available to our readers at no cost for a limited time, courtesy of Access Emergency Medicine.


Concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that classically occurs in sports-related incidents but can be due to any traumatic force to the brain. The term concussion stems from the Latin word, concussus, which means “to shake violently.” While sport is the most common cause of concussion in children, the most common causes of concussion in adults are falls and motor vehicle accidents. Young children have the highest rate of concussions in all age groups. [...]