Sports Concussion Resources
Each year, 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions result from sports/recreation injuries in the United States. Sports concussion can affect athletes of any age, gender, or type or level of sport played. Almost nine percent of all US high school sports injuries involve concussions. While most concussions result in full recovery, some can lead to more severe injuries if not identified early and treated properly.
The American Academy of Neurology, the trusted authority on sports concussion, is committed to providing the resources necessary to help physicians, coaches, athletes, and parents better understand, prevent, identify, diagnose, and treat this serious health issue.
Access resources on sports concussion for physicians, coaches, parents, and athletes. Read more general information about Traumatic Brain Injury.
For Patients and Caregivers
Public Service Announcement
For Coaches and Trainers
- Free Online Concussion Training for Coaches from the CDC
- Free Online Concussion Safety Course for High School and Youth Coaches from the University of Michigan
- NCAA Interassociation Consensus: Diagnosis and Management of Sport-related Concussion Best Practices
Evidence-based Practice Guideline
- Clinicians Summary
- Patients and their Families Summary
- Sports Coaches and Athletic Trainers Summary
- AAN Sports Concussion Guideline
- Presentation Slides
- Sports Concussion Guideline Press Conference Video
- AAN Position Statement on Sports Concussion
- Clinical Case Example
- Legal and Ethical Implications in the Evaluation and Management of Sports-related Concussion
The following are Press Releases and Press Conference recordings related to AAN's concussion efforts.
- MMA Fighters, Boxers May Have Signs of Long-term Brain Injury in Blood
- What Do High School Principals Know About Concussion?
- AAN Issues Updated Sports Concussion Guideline: Athletes with Suspected Concussion Should Be Removed from Play
- PTSD May Be Physical and Not Only Psychological
- Women May Be at Higher Risk for Sports-Related Concussion than Men
- Soccer Players with More Headers More Likely to Have Concussion Symptoms
AAN AND THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
The AAN and the American Brain Foundation collaborated with the NFL Players Association to develop a concussion education and training video. The video was distributed to all NFL players the week of September 6, 2016. The video relays essential facts about brain injury and how to recognize it and outlines the NFL concussion protocols that are mandated for player health and safety.
The AAN in partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians, helped the NFL Players Association produce a concussion tip sheet. The tip sheet provides important information on how to diagnose and care for concussion. Copies of the concussion tip sheet were distributed to all NFL locker rooms.