Are You an Athlete?

In the absence of standardized treatment guidelines, and without access to reliable information about concussion, athletes, patients and their families are often left to self-advocate for their care and determine whether and when it’s safe to return to play. The International Concussion Society is mobilizing an unprecedented effort with medical professionals and former patients to draft comprehensive and instructive protocols that will be made available to both professionals and individuals worldwide. Concussions are a uniquely confounding medical condition, with symptoms and long-term effects that can vary widely from person to person. Despite the best intentions of parents, coaches and even doctors, it is often the patients themselves who are best equipped to recognize when something is wrong and to seek appropriate care. Subscribe to stay in the loop about best practices for concussion research and treatment.