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Concussion in Sport Australia

Concussion affects athletes at all levels of sport from the part-time recreational athlete through to the full-time professional

There is growing concern in Australia and internationally about the incidence of sport-related concussion and potential health ramifications for athletes.

If managed appropriately, most symptoms and signs of concussion resolve spontaneously. However, complications can occur, including prolonged symptoms and increased susceptibility to further injury.

Concussion and Brain Health (CBH) Project 2021-2024

Concussion and Brain Health Project flyer

We are recruiting retired elite, NON-contact/collision sport athletes with NO history of concussions (i.e. rowing, canoe, swimming, athletics, cycling, triathlon, volleyball) for a large brain health study. This is a world-leading study that has the potential to have a huge impact on future generations.
This study is aiming to gather data on retired non-contact/collision sport athletes to compare against the general population and rugby league/union athletes that will help build our knowledge of the impact concussions has in athletes. Testing is completed in Sydney, but the AIS can cover travel costs (including airfares, accommodation and/or fuel) for athletes based in other regions.

Concussion and Brain Health (CBH) Project 2021-2024 Flyer

Please contact cbhproject@ausport.gov.au for more information.

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"Concussion usually results from a blow or knock to the head, but it can also occur from a knock or a blow to anywhere in the body."

David hughes, AIS chief medical officer

Concussion in Sport Australia brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information on concussion for athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and medical practitioners. It provides a valuable and trusted resource for the management of sports-related concussion for all Australians, regardless of the sport, location or level of participation.

It is an initiative of the:

In working together, Concussion in Sport Australia aims to:

  • improve safety and health outcomes for all people who suffer concussive injuries while participating in sport.
  • make effective use of funds in the financially-constrained sport and health sectors by providing best practice protocols and guidelines for all sporting and medical organisations.
  • assist all sporting and medical organisations to align their policy and procedures with the most current evidence and expert opinion available.
  • provide consistency of approach in the recognition and management of concussion in Australia.

For further information on this initiative please contact the Australian Institute of Sport at concussion@sportaus.gov.au

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