How is postconcussive syndrome prevented?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Primary prevention of head injury involves the use of protective gear in contact sports, seat belts, bicycle and motorcycle helmets, and hard hats in appropriate jobs. For soccer, players should avoiding heading the ball.

For elderly patients, altering the environment to minimize the risk of falls is important.

Early detection of child abuse may prevent a head injury.

Avoiding risk factors such as reckless behavior, drinking/using drugs and driving, and dangerous sports aids prevention.

Some patients with head injury are parasuicidal. They may benefit from treatment of depression, character disorders, and other conditions associated with suicide.

Delaying return to sports for athletes with a head injury helps prevent sudden injury syndrome and death.

Hypothermia during the period of coma may mitigate tissue damage. 

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