This week the British Journal of Sports Medicine released the updated Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and the result of the 4th International Conference on Concussion held in November, 2012. The consensus statement and resources are intended for healthcare professionals working with athletes and participants but can be used to inform organizational policy with respect to concussion.
Key highlights for sport and recreation organizations:
- unanimous agreement same day Return to Play (RTP) should not occur
- psychological management and mental health
- modifying factors in concussion management
- special populations (children and teens, elite and non-elite)
- protective equipment (hemlets and mouthguards, rule change, risk compensation)
The release includes the updated Consensus Statement. Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Version 3 (SCAT3), Pocket Tool SCAT3 and a new SCAT3 Children specifically for children aged 5-12. These tools are useful in both a sport and recreation environment. Please share these tools and documents in their original format as they have been endorsed by international organziations.
For more resources and concussion information, please click here.