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Doctors issue guidance on managing concussion in young people

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6601
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Good quality data on the prevalence of sports related concussion, particularly in young people, and how to prevent and treat the condition are lacking, says a new report.1

The report from the US Institute of Medicine says that the tradition has been for coaches and players to urge athletes to “play through it.” But that can jeopardize health, it says, and as knowledge of concussion has grown attitudes have begun to shift toward a more conservative approach in management to reduce the potential for additional harm to the injured athlete.

It recommends that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) establish and maintain a detailed …

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