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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 Physiotherapists

A physiotherapist is well-placed, whether as a primary care practitioner in community sport, or as the consistent point of athlete contact in high-performance environments to observe evolving concussion symptoms.

In uncomplicated cases the physiotherapist’s role may involve oversight and guidance through a Graded Return to Sport (GRTS).  In more complex cases, with prolonged symptoms and recovery, the physiotherapist can play a crucial role including further clinical review of cases that do not progress as expected through the GRTS, or management of Vestibular and Occulomotor (VOM) dysfunction in initial/early assessment post-concussion.

The updated Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement 2024 (CBHPS24) and associated resources below are designed to support and educate physiotherapists on the management and treatment of concussion.

If in doubt, sit them out.

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"The unique athlete-physio relationship makes physios well placed to observe concussion symptoms."

Jennifer Cooke, AIS Physical Therapies Lead


Role of the Physiotherapist in Diagnosis

Role of the Physiotherapist in Rehab

Physio advice for athletes

Spotting the signs of concussion

Vestibular and Ocular Motor Screening

Expert Opinion - Katie Davies

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