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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.

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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

Concussion and Brain Health (CBH) Project 2021-2024

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Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in collaboration with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), University of Newcastle and University of Canberra are currently recruiting former elite, non-contact/collision sport athletes for a research project as part of the CBH project.

The purpose of the research is to compare the neuropsychiatric differences (brain health and function) of retired non-contact/collision sport athletes to former professional rugby league/rugby union players and the general population.

This research will be part of a comprehensive and collaborative concussion project that will improve the understanding of long-term brain health of retired elite athletes, in both collision and non-collision sports.

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For more information or to take part in this research please email cbhproject@ausport.gov.au

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