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Physiotherapy’s role in the asessment and treatment of concussion in New Zealand

There are estimated 35,000 head injuries in New Zealand per year, and many of those are sustained on the sports field.  Concussion is a serious injury, and once someone has suffered a concussion it may increase the likelihood of  sufffering another head injury or injury to another part of the body.  Repeated concissions may also be linked to long term postconcussive symptoms such as as depresssion or degenerative neurological conditions (Patricios et al 2016)

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