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Neurology Group Issues Updated Guidelines on Sports-Related Concussion Management — Physician’s First Watch

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March 19, 2013

Neurology Group Issues Updated Guidelines on Sports-Related Concussion Management

By Amy Orciari Herman

Athletes with suspected concussion should be removed from play immediately and not allowed to return until they're evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.

The guidelines, published in Neurology, update the AAN's 1997 recommendations — and also expand upon a 2010 position statement, in which the group recommended immediate removal from play.

The new guidance includes advice on preparticipation education, management of suspected and diagnosed concussion, and counseling on retirement from play. In addition, the guidelines review symptom checklists and identify risk factors for recurrent concussion and chronic neurobehavioral impairment.

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