Ad­vice for teams on con­cus­sion in sports

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Na­tional lead­ers in sport and medicine have united to ad­dress grow­ing health concerns about con­cus­sion, launch­ing a one-stop on­line re­source to sup­port and pro­tect sport par­tic­i­pants who suf­fer head in­juries.

The Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport and Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished a joint po­si­tion state­ment on con­cus­sion in sport and have launched www.con­cus­sion­in­, an Aus­tralian Govern­ment-funded web­site pro­vid­ing sim­ple but spe­cific ad­vice for ath­letes, par­ents, teach­ers, coaches and med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers.

The launch comes after a 60 per cent rise in the num­ber of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal for sport-re­lated con­cus­sion over the past decade, with gen­eral knowl­edge about con­cus­sion man­age­ment at a com­mu­nity sport­ing level rated as poor.

AIS chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr David Hughes said a sim­ple piece of ad­vice that ap­plied to ev­ery­one was “if in doubt, sit it out”.

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