National Athletic Trainers' Association position statement: management of sport concussion

J Athl Train. 2014 Mar-Apr;49(2):245-65. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-49.1.07. Epub 2014 Mar 7.


Objective: To provide athletic trainers, physicians, and other health care professionals with best-practice guidelines for the management of sport-related concussions.

Background: An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the United States as a result of sport and physical activity. Athletic trainers are commonly the first medical providers available onsite to identify and evaluate these injuries.

Recommendations: The recommendations for concussion management provided here are based on the most current research and divided into sections on education and prevention, documentation and legal aspects, evaluation and return to play, and other considerations.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis*
  • Brain Concussion / prevention & control
  • Brain Concussion / therapy*
  • Documentation
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Protective Devices
  • Sports Equipment
  • United States