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Br J Sports Med. 2018 May;52(10):635-641. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099079. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

Implementation of the 2017 Berlin Concussion in Sport Group Consensus Statement in contact and collision sports: a joint position statement from 11 national and international sports organisations.

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1
University of Pretoria, Section of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
3
Department of Physiotherapy, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
4
School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
5
World Rugby, Dublin, Ireland.
6
International Ice Hockey Federation, Zurich, Switzerland.
7
National Rugby League, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
8
Australian Football League, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
9
Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia.
10
National Hockey League, New York, USA.
11
University Orthopedic Center, Concussion Care Clinic, State College, Pennsylvania, USA.
12
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
13
National Football League, New York, USA.
14
Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
15
Irish Rugby Football Union, Dublin, Ireland.
16
Centre for Urgent and Emergency Care Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
17
National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
18
Fédération Equestre Internationale, Lausanne, Switzerland.
19
Gaelic Athletic Association, Dublin, Ireland.
20
Fédération Internationale de Ski, Oberhofen and Thunersee, Switzerland.

Abstract

The 2017 Berlin Concussion in Sport Group Consensus Statement provides a global summary of best practice in concussion prevention, diagnosis and management, underpinned by systematic reviews and expert consensus. Due to their different settings and rules, individual sports need to adapt concussion guidelines according to their specific regulatory environment. At the same time, consistent application of the Berlin Consensus Statement's themes across sporting codes is likely to facilitate superior and uniform diagnosis and management, improve concussion education and highlight collaborative research opportunities. This document summarises the approaches discussed by medical representatives from the governing bodies of 10 different contact and collision sports in Dublin, Ireland in July 2017. Those sports are: American football, Australian football, basketball, cricket, equestrian sports, football/soccer, ice hockey, rugby league, rugby union and skiing. This document had been endorsed by 11 sport governing bodies/national federations at the time of being published.

KEYWORDS:

concussion; consensus; contact sports; implementation

PMID:
29500252
PMCID:
PMC5931244
DOI:
10.1136/bjsports-2018-099079
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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