Time to Authorized Clearance from Sport-Related Concussion


In this study conducted by PISC Senior Scholar Abigail Bretzin, Aaron Zynda, PISC Executive Director Douglas Wiebe, and Tracey Covassin, the influence of health care provider and medical facility on return-to-play clearance following sport-related concussion was examined. The relationship between the two is particular important because it allows insight into why athletes seek care at certain medical facilities.


Through a prospective cohort design, the study concluded that authorized clearance to return-to-play was frequently provided by a Doctor of Medicine and at a pediatrician's office. It also found that median time to return to unrestricted participation following a sports-related concussion varied by health care provider and medical facility.


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