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Sports Concussion and Head Trauma

Prepared by: Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Last updated: 04 November 2020
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Sport related concussion can affect athletes participating in many sports and at all levels of sport, from grassroots to elite. In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the long term health impacts of concussion and the potential under-reporting of incidents, which may lead to athletes being undiagnosed, untreated, and potentially suffering greater long-term impacts on their health and wellbeing.

It is important for athletes, parents, coaches, and other support personnel to be aware of what should be done if a player does suffer a concussion, and in particular for clubs, teams, and organisations to develop and maintain a concussion action plan. The athlete’s safety is of paramount concern and every precaution should be made to ensure that the health and welfare of the player is the priority. If in doubt, sit them out.

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