The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine releases its latest position statement, "Concussion in Sport," which recommends healthcare professionals apply a more individualized approach in the diagnosis and care management of sports concussion, a traumatic head injury with a reported 3.8 million occurrences per year. This is because the severity of injury and the individual's risk factors vary from athlete to athlete.
Kimberly Harmon, MD, lead author, Associate Head Team Physician for the University of Washington and former AMSSM president, said there are a variety of tests physicians use to evaluate athletes with sports concussion; however, one of the most valuable factors is he physician's close knowledge of the individual athlete. Harmon said, "It's important that whoever works most regularly with the athlete reviews his or her treatment against the athlete's history, behavior and risk factors to understand the best person-centered care plan."
Furthermore, the statement analyzes the following regarding sports concussion:
•Sideline Evaluation and Management
•Return to Class
•Return to Play
•Short-Term Risks of Premature Return to Play
•Disqualification from Sport