When Is It Safe for an Athlete to Return to Play After a Concussion?

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New Rochelle, NY —Concussions are a common sports injury that can have long-term neurological consequences if not properly diagnosed and treated. Several new or updated guidelines for managing sports concussions were released earlier this year, and their key areas of consensus, including recommendations for return to play, are presented in an article in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Neurotrauma website.

Therese A. West, DNP and Donald W. Marion, MD, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (Silver Spring, MD), compared three recent guidelines and highlighted the specific areas of agreement related to the definition of concussion, diagnosis, acute care of athletes suspected of having a concussion, and how to determine when a player should be allowed to resume an athletic activity.

The three sets of concussion recommendations reviewed in the Journal of Neurotrauma article “Current Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussion in Sport: A Comparison of Three New Guidelines ” include the position statement by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; the American Academy of Neurology’s summary of evidence-based guidelines update; and the consensus statement derived from the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, held in Zurich, Switzerland.

“This article by West and Marion should prove of immediate benefit to a broad range of health care professionals as well as those involved in the training and/or coaching of athletes participating in contact sports,” says John T. Povlishock, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Neurotrauma and Professor, VCU Neuroscience Center, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. “This consolidation of three recent clinical practice guidelines/position statements on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of concussion in sports constitutes a particularly important and timely effort that helps focus attention to those recommendations for which consensus exists. The narrative provided in this review is also directly supported by well-prepared appendices that allow a meaningful comparison of multiple factors across all three reports.”

“From my perspective as Editor-in-Chief,” continues Dr. Povlishock, “I believe that this document will be an important read for all involved in the field, benefitting the seasoned clinician-scientist as well as members of the sports community seeking to find the most updated perspective on current practice guidelines and position statements focusing on concussive brain injury.”

About the Journal
Journal of Neurotrauma is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published 24 times per year in print and online that focuses on the latest advances in the clinical and laboratory investigation of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Emphasis is on the basic pathobiology of injury to the nervous system, and the papers and reviews evaluate preclinical and clinical trials targeted at improving the early management and long-term care and recovery of patients with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma is the official journal of the National Neurotrauma Society and the International Neurotrauma Society. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Neurotrauma website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, Tissue Engineering, and Brain Connectivity. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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