New concussion guidelines


Axis Sports Medicine Specialist Dr Mark Fulcher has been part of an ACC think tank which has developed new guidelines for the assessment and management of concussion.

Some 7,350 head injuries are recorded each year as a direct result of sport related activity. In the last four years sports related concussion claims cost ACC $76 million.

“It is no longer acceptable to allow sports participants who sustain a knock to the head to continue to play until a proper medical assessment has been made.”

The new guidelines set out what to do, how to recognise the signs and symptoms, action to take and how sports organisations can develop a concussion policy and implementation plan for their particular activity.

Dr Fulcher is part of an expert panel available to assist sports organisations and review their policies, plans and education material.

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