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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping to support states, leagues and schools by developing educational resources on the hot topic of concussions in sports.

Below is some information to help you get started to learn about the topic on concussions in youth sports. Feel free to pass this out to your club coaches and administers.

Don’t forget, stay ahead of the game and start getting your coaches trained in concussion management. A FREE Heads Up online course is offered for coaches and parents. In less than 30 minutes, coaches and parents can learn about identifying a suspected concussion and how to respond.

After completing the training and quiz, coaches and parents can print out a certificate, making it easy to show their league or school they are ready for the season.
View the full consensus statement online at Online Training

Just Released — Revised Team Physician Consensus Statement on Concussion
A revised team physician consensus statement, titled “Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement – 2011 Update,” was released last week in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. The revised statement updates recommendations made in the 2006 version and, notably, states that there should be no longer be “same-day return-to-play” for athletes suspected of or diagnosed with a concussion.
While advising against “same-day return-to-play” is the biggest change from the 2006 statement, the updated document also includes these changes:
  • Physicians should use standardized concussion assessment tools, such as the NFL Baseline and Sideline Tools, for pre-season and post-injury evaluation. Neurological assessments should emphasize cognitive function, cranial nerve and balance testing.
  • Physicians should use the pre-season to develop an emergency medical action plan, including a specific plan for concussion management. They should also assemble a concussion management team.
  • Neuropsychological (NP) testing is one component of the evaluation process. It should not be used as a stand-alone tool to diagnose, manage or make return-to-play decisions in concussion.
  • Tests using event-related and evoke-related potentials, as well as tests using biomarkers, have been inconclusive in identifying individuals with concussions; however, they may one day be applicable.
  • Physicians should understand their states’ laws regarding concussion as well as the rules and regulations from their sports’ governing bodies.
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