The American Academy of Neurology Issues Concussion Guidelines [11-05-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 1:40 pm

This week the American Academy of Neurology recommended new guidelines for managing sports concussions. The new Position Statement on Sports Concussion, published in the journal Neurology, sets stricter oversight and management for athletes who play sports with a high likelihood of head injuries.  The recommendation include the following:

  1. Any athlete who is suspected to have suffered a concussion should be removed from participation until he or she

    is evaluated by a physician with training in the evaluation and management of sports concussions.

  2. No athlete should be allowed to participate in sports if he or she is still experiencing symptoms from a concussion.

  3. Following a concussion, a neurologist or physician with proper training should be consulted prior to clearing

    the athlete for return to participation.

  4. A certified athletic trainer should be present at all sporting events, including practices, where athletes are at risk for concussion.

  5. Education efforts should be maximized to improve the understanding of concussion by all athletes, parents, and coaches.

These recommendations are not the only to spotlight the recent focus on concussion policy in sports. The National Football League has been implementing a variety of actions to reduce the risk of concussion in players, including educating players and coaches, having more physician oversight at games and even announcing tougher penalties for helmet-to-helmet tackles.

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