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Australian Sports Commission

Concussion in Australian Sport

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

Information for Medical Practitioners

There is increasing concern in Australian sport and across the Australian community about sport-related concussion. It is crucial that every concussion is treated seriously, and every concussion is managed as if there is the potential for long-term consequences, regardless of the size of the risk.

The best way to avoid both short-term and potential long-term effects from concussion is to prevent concussion where possible, treat each concussion with an abundance of caution and not return the athlete to sport prematurely.

The updated Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement 2024 (CBHPS24) and associated resources are designed to help support medical practitioners in the diagnosis and management of concussion. The resources provide guidance regarding the use of commonly used clinical tools, to be used in conjunction with clinical judgement, in the assessment of the concussed athlete.

If in doubt, sit them out.

Concussion in Sport for Healthcare Practitioners Who this course is for: This course is designed for AHPRA registered healthcare practitioners to learn about the appropriate assessment, management and treatment of sports-related concussions. Duration: ~120 minutes Location: Online Cost: Free Sign up
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"When a doctor is assessing someone they’re not familiar with often there’s a need to corroborate evidence with others."

Dr David Hughes, AIS Chief Medical Officer

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