Youth Sports Concussion Policy Adopted by the American Medical Association
Details about the Concussion Policy
“It is essential that athletes know how crucial it is to notify their coach, trainer, physician, parent if they’ve sustained any type of head injury.” – Dr. Jack Resneck Jr., AMA board member, as published by Reuters
In this new policy, the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that young athletes who are suspected of having a concussion are to be removed immediately from the game and may only begin playing again after receiving written approval from a doctor.
It is the hope of the AMA that this new policy will encourage athletes to come forward with their injuries and protect them from being injured any further.
The AMA referred to a study when talking about the policy, and reported that 59 percent of middle-school girl soccer players reported playing with concussion symptoms and less than half of them were assessed by a qualified health professional. In a study of high school athletes it was found that 16 percent of football players who had a concussion, which resulted in loss of consciousness, returned to the field in less than a day.
This policy comes at a time when the National Football League (NFL) has just settled a lawsuit brought on by close to 5,000 former players who accused the league of obscuring the dangers of concussions. The settlement may potentially cost the NFL $1 billion.
Concussion Information and Statistics
Information below provided by Reuters:
- Defined as a traumatic brain injury that can cause loss of consciousness
- Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nauseas blurry vision, as well as concentration, memory, balance, and coordination problems
- Typically brought on by a blow to the head
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States there are close to 3.8 million sports and recreation related traumatic brain injuries every year
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