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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 Parents and Teachers

The AIS is dedicated to ensuring sport has a place for everyone and more Australians get involved in sport at all levels.

We know that sport provides enormous physical, psychological and emotional benefits, particularly for adolescents and young adults. This is why it’s crucial that sport remains a safe place for kids.

The below resources have been developed for parents and teachers to help identify and manage concussion in sport.

Children and adolescents may take longer to recover from concussion and should have a more cautious approach plan for returning to study and play.

If in doubt, sit them out.

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"It's important that people who are not medically trained do not feel any pressure to diagnose concussion, all they need to do is suspect concussion."

Dr David Hughes, AIS Chief Medical Officer

Concussion Officer

The AIS recommends that clubs and schools introduce a ‘concussion officer’ to oversee the management of concussion.

A ‘concussion officer’ is a single point of contact and manages the coordination of matters related to concussion. A ‘concussion officer’ is not a concussion expert and is not expected to diagnose concussion.

Analogous to the role of a ‘fire warden’, the ‘concussion officer’ ensures that anyone diagnosed with concussion follows the organisation’s agreed concussion protocol.

The designated person can be any member of the affiliated community. Their job is to be the recipient of information in relation to concussion and to ensure that the concussion protocol is enacted.

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