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Surveys have found that 10% of college football players  and 20% of high school football players  experience concussions in a given football season. That translates to more than 250 000 concussions per year in football alone. The Sports Medicine Committee of the Colorado Medical Society drafted the “Guidelines for the Management of Concussion in Sports” that have subsequently been endorsed by several national physician organizations and widely distributed for the use of coaches, trainers, and allied health personnel as well as physicians. These guidelines are consistent with available evidence in clinical and research literature as well as consensus formed by medical experts.
concussion, contusion, return to play, tolerance, repeated trauma, observation, continuing symptoms
Directorassistant professor, Brain Injury Program, Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoRehabilitation Medicine and Neurology, Northwestern University Medical School, ChicagoChicago, ILIL