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An overview of concussion protocols across professional sports leagues

Collisions and Head Injuries
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Governing bodies and sports leagues have a heightened awareness the risk poised to athletes from head trauma sustained in the participation of their sport  following the NFL concussion litigation1. This article looks at key regulatory and educational approaches taken by Premiership Rugby, Premier League, NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA to tackle the risk of concussion in their sport.

It is the intention of the authors that this article will to provide greater clarity as to how sport as a community is addressing this important issue. 

Given the vast amount of work that the leagues cited above have undertaken we have decided to focus on the following key areas:

  • Baseline testing (used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function2),
  • Education programmes,
  • Assessment protocols during competitions,
  • Decision making with regards to players returning to the field of play;
  • Concussion rate of each sport.

We welcome any comments and feedback; it is through sharing information that we hope we can improve awareness and understanding of this issue and share best practices.









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