Neurologists Issue Strong Statement on Sports Concussions

It says doctors have an ethical obligation to protect athletes.

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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