Assessing concussion—as easy as ABC. Dr Jim Bovard. Episode #380

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What venue are we at today? Which half is it now? Who scored last in this match? The Maddocks questions are a key part of immediate or on-field assessment of concussion. But do you have an easy way of remembering what else needs to be done? On this week’s episode, Dr Jim Bovard joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (T: @ddfriedman) to share his ABC concussion tool for rapid on-field assessment. Dr Bovard is the team physician for the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Whitecaps. He currently consults for Canada Snowboard and Tennis Canada. In this 20 minute conversation, Dr. Bovard discusses: · Clinical reasoning for approaching the collapsed athlete · His own ABC concussion tool for on field assessment · Tips for coaches and parents for managing concussion · The difference between caring for elite athletes vs general population Further reading: Davis GA, Purcell L, Schneider KJ, Yeates KO, Gioia GA, Anderson V, Ellenbogen RG, Echemendia RJ, Makdissi M, Sills A, Iverson GL. The Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition (Child SCAT5). Br J Sports Med. 2017 Apr 26:bjsports-2017. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/bjsports/early/2017/04/26/bjsports-2017-097506SCAT5.full.pdf

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