Saturday, December 7, 2013

Given our inability to accurately measure the neurological damage from concussions, this seems like a prudent step.  From ScienceDaily:

Any athlete with concussion symptoms should not be allowed to return to play on the same day, according to the latest consensus statement on sports-related concussion. The updated guidelines are summarized in Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

The fourth consensus report from the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG 4) represents the latest recommendations from an expert panel, sponsored by five international sports governing bodies. "The statement now makes clear that no athlete at any age or level of competition should be returned to play on the same day a concussion is diagnosed," write Drs. Allen K. Sills, Gary Solomon, and Richard Ellenbogen.

Wouldn't it be great, though, if the article were available for public view? Why can't these journals make articles of general public interest available to the public, like the New England Journal of Medicine does?


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