Broglio, NATA on Managing Concussions


The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), with lead author Movement Science associate professor Steven Broglio, recently issued a new position statement on the management of sport concussion.

This statement updates the association’s original 2004 concussion guidelines and addresses education, prevention, documentation and legal aspects, evaluation and return-to-play considerations. In particular, the authors amended the return-to-play guidelines and now recommend no return on the day the athlete is concussed.

Concussion key statistics:

  • An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity.
  • Sport-related concussions account for 58 percent of all emergency department visits in children (8-13 years old) and 46 percent of all concussions in adolescents (14-19 years old).
  • Athletes who have had one concussion are 1.5 times more likely to have a second; those who have sustained two concussions have a nearly three times greater risk and those with three or more have a 3.5 times higher risk.
  • Data from the High School Reporting Information Online (RIO) indicated that concussions in interscholastic athletes were responsible for 8.9 percent of all athletic injuries.

“With the continued national spotlight on concussions from professional to youth sports, these recommendations provide a practical roadmap for athletic trainers, physicians and other medical professionals on injury identification and management. We also hope this document will serve as an educational tool for parents and school administrators,” said Broglio.

“Athletic trainers (ATs) are commonly the first medical experts available on site to identify and evaluate injuries,” added Broglio. “Without exception, ATs should be present at all organized sporting events – from practices to games – and at all levels of play and work closely with their physician or other designated medical expert to implement these guidelines. In light of these general protocols, each athlete should be treated on an individual basis.” (More, in the full press release.)

Photo of football helmets: US CPSC Converted from color to black and white. Creative Commons.


 NATA press release


Full text version of NATA press release