Diagnosis, Management, and Return to Sport of a 16-Year-Old Patient With a Chiari I Malformation: A Case Report and Literature Review

Ma Kenna L. Turk, Kelly Schmidt, Melanie L. McGrath

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Abstract

This case report discusses a 16-year-old female volleyball, basketball, and track and field athlete who was diagnosed with a Chiari I malformation after a concussion. Surgical decompression was recommended and performed 3 months after her initial diagnosis. This patient presented unique challenges due to her age, desire to return to sport, and lack of access to medical care due to living in a rural area. Few evidence-based best-practice recommendations are available for the management and return to sport of patients with Chiari I malformation, particularly for those who have undergone surgical decompression. In this case study, we address the treatment and return-to-sport process for the patient and provide a comprehensive review of the published literature on patients attempting to return to sport after a diagnosis of Chiari I malformation. In addition, we explore the value of an athletic trainer in reconciling various barriers in management and return to sport evident in this case and the reviewed literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Athletic Training
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • brain
  • congenital deformity
  • return to play

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