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J Sci Med Sport. 2002 Sep;5(3):169-82.

2002 Refshauge Lecture. When to retire after concussion?

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Centre for Sports Medicine Research and Education, Brain Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia.


The management of an athlete with recurrent concussions, whether persistently symptomatic or not, remains anecdotal. There are no evidence-based guidelines upon which a team physician can advise the athlete. All doctors involved in athlete care need to be aware of the potential for medicolegal problems if athletes are inappropriately returned to sport prematurely or in the case of professional athletes held out of sport or retired on the basis of non-scientific recommendations.

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