New Guidelines Issued for Addressing Sports Concussions

by Carmen Dellutri on April 16, 2013

traumatic brain injuryIf your child plays football, soccer, baseball or any other sport that poses a risk of head injury, it is important to understand the risks posed by concussions. Among all age groups, an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States each year

According to the Center for Injury Research and Policy, more than 40 percent of high school athletes who suffer concussions return to play before recovering completely. This is potentially very dangerous given that head injuries can have profound effects on children with developing brains. In extreme cases, injuries can even lead to death.

To help alleviate these risks, the American Academy of Neurology recently released updated recommendations for treating concussions. The new guidelines looked at all available medical evidence published from 1955 through 2012. A variety of concussion experts, including neurologists, athletic trainers, and rehabilitation medicine specialists, contributed to the final report.

Unlike previous guidelines, the new comprehensive report address prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Among the recommendations:

  • Any athlete who is suspected to have suffered a concussion, regardless of severity, is to be removed immediately from participation in a game or practice.
  • A licensed health care professional, such as a neurologist, whose scope of practice includes being properly trained in the evaluation and management of concussion, must clear the youth athlete before he or she can return to play. This includes sports recognized by high school athletic associations as well as youth and recreational leagues run by other entities.
  • High schools and athletic associations should implement a tool such as the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC), which is designed for use by non-physicians on the sidelines of an athletic event.

For more information on brain injuries, please see our prior posts.

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