Neurologists Issue Strong Statement on Sports Concussions

Published 07/09 2014 04:47PM

Updated 07/09 2014 04:49PM

The American Academy of Neurology says doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion.

A new statement released by the A.A.N., calls for doctors to make protecting the future mental and physical health of athletes a top priority. It supports more baselines testing of mental abilities, recommends additional concussion training for neurologists and suggests  developing a national concussion registry with mandatory reporting.

Researchers say the goal is to identify the risk-factors related to concussion and the number of head injuries that could cause irreversible damage.

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