NEW YORK (March 18, 2013)—The American Academy of Neurology is updating its guidelines for handling amateur and professional athletes who suffer possible concussions.
The group says the athletes should be taken out of action immediately and kept out until they've been cleared by a health care provider with training about concussions.
The new guidelines generally agree with a brief position paper the academy issued in 2010, but also provide details about assessment and management based on a comprehensive review of scientific research.
The guidelines replace the advisory published 15 years ago that recommended grading the severity of concussions to determine possible time-frames for return to play.
Now the group emphasizes more individualized assessment and management of the injury.