Neurologists want evaluations for all athletes with suspected concussions
POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 10:21am
NEW YORK (AP) - A major doctors group says athletes of all ages who are suspected of suffering a concussion should be evaluated by a specialist before they return to sports.
It's the latest sign of concern over potential lasting damage from head injuries. The statement Monday by the American Academy of Neurology follows rules already adopted in college sports and pro football aimed at preventing and better treating blows to the head in competition. Research involving NFL players has suggested repeated concussions may have long-term consequences, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Doctors say they want to get the message to athletes, parents and coaches that a concussion is an injury to the brain.