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From the JAMA Network
October 6, 2015

Eliminating the Confusion Surrounding Concussions in Sports

Author Affiliations
  • 1Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center, Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 4Comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA. 2015;314(13):1388-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12329

Injuries occur in all sports, at all levels of play and in athletes of all ages. Historically, the long-term consequences of sports-related injuries have received little attention. At times, athletes, coaches, fans, and the media have perhaps provided apparent tacit acceptability of concussions and other injuries in sports by celebrating “highlight reel” hits and collisions and revering displays of “toughness” when injured players continue to compete. Consequently, a culture valuing playing through pain and winning at all costs has permeated athletics and de-emphasized personal safety. The recent lawsuit between former professional football players and the National Football League has brought national attention to the long-term consequences of sports-related head injuries and has led many to reevaluate the values idealized in athletics.

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