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Concussion Management

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to shake. The shaking can cause the brain to not work normally and can result in serious side effects.

Concussion is a common injury, but sometimes the symptoms are subtle, which may make diagnosis more difficult.

Improving pediatric concussion management

In 2011, an multidisciplinary team of concussion experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joined forces to develop a comprehensive, network-wide pediatric concussion management program.

The goal of “Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management” is to streamline and standardize the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of concussions in children.

The team also developed a "Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matters" website, dedicated to helping parents, and others who interact with children and youth, to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and to support a child’s physician-guided recovery.

Visit Concussion Care for Kids for more information.

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