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Capitol Health Call
December 12, 2012

Sports-Related Concussions

JAMA. 2012;308(22):2327-2327. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.97077

The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced in October it was forming a committee to launch a study on sports-related concussions in young people, from elementary school through young adulthood. The announcement drew approval from 2 senators who had urged the academy to undertake a comprehensive assessment of how best to protect young athletes.

The IOM committee conducting the study will review the available literature on concussions in the context of developmental neurobiology, including their causes, the relationship to trauma to the head or body during sports, and the effectiveness of protective devices and equipment. The committee will also review concussion risk factors, screening and diagnosis, treatment and management, and long-term consequences ( The findings are expected in 2013.

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