The Cognitive Impact of Concussions

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Heuiser, Elizabeth
Hoover, Tessa
Meijerink, Marlisa
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Blakeman, Nina
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2024
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The Cognitive Impact of Concussions
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Concussions are an increasing concern amongst the general population. They can arise from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and even sports injuries. Concussions pose a major threat to cognitive function, especially in the developing brain. Individuals under the age of 24 years old are at increased risk for concussions and the resulting implications of them due to their brain being underdeveloped. Vital cognitive functions such as attention span, recalling information, and memory can be impaired and negatively impact that individual’s life. The purpose of this evidence-based practice review is to explore how having a history of concussions as a young adult affects cognitive function compared to those without. Nurses and other healthcare providers can use this information to improve care of patients who face cognitive deficits because of previous concussions and implement concussion screening tools earlier in the high-risk young adult population to promote healthy brain development.
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Nursing