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New Guidelines on Young Athletes’ Concussions Stir Controversy - featured June 19, 2009

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The debate over guidelines for concussions in young athletes has been reignited in a recent report published by an international panel of neurologists.

In the May issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the group updated their recommendations on concussion care to say that any child 18 or younger who is believed to have suffered a concussion should not be allowed to return to the field the same day. Previously the group said that if a trainer or coach on the sidelines checked the athlete out it was ok for him or her to return to the field.

While this sounds like it makes perfect sense, other doctors and trainers fear that such strict rules will result in athletes hiding their injuries from coaches and trainers even more than they already do.

Read the Article in the New York Times

Read the article in Science Daily which details the panel's findings

Tags: News of the Week TBI Newsletter June 2009