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Nat Rev Neurol. 2016 Aug;12(8):486-90. doi: 10.1038/nrneurol.2016.99. Epub 2016 Jul 1.

Sports-related concussions - media, science and policy.

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1
Division of Emergency Medicine, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.
2
Division of Sports Medicine at the Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.
3
Division of Cognitive Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.

Abstract

Although growing awareness about the potential long-term deleterious effects of sport-related concussion has led to increased attention to the risks of collision sports, calls to ban these sports, such as American football, might be premature. Collision sports have a relatively high incidence of concussions, but participation in these sports also confers a host of benefits. In addition, the associated risks of participation, including concussion, have not been definitively shown to outweigh the benefits they provide, and the risk-benefit ratio might vary among individuals. The risks of concussion and repetitive concussions associated with collision sports are unknown in the general population and not well characterized even in elite athlete populations. In this article, we discuss current knowledge on sports-related concussion, its neurological consequences, and implications for regulation of the practice of collision sports.

PMID:
27364748
PMCID:
PMC5333496
DOI:
10.1038/nrneurol.2016.99
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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