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January 15, 2014

Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Report From the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington
  • 3Editor, JAMA Pediatrics
  • 4George Washington University, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2014;311(3):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282985

The public and scientific views of the effects of concussions on young athletes are changing. In the past, concussions were often viewed as unimportant “dings” to be shaken off and not allowed to interfere with return to play. However, recent literature in both the lay and professional press has caused youth, their parents, coaches, teachers, and physicians to view concussions as more serious threats to the health of young athletes than they have in the past.

In response to this increasing level of concern, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in October of 2012 convened the Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth to review the available scientific literature on concussions related to the causes, incidence, and biophysiology of concussions in youth; the immediate and long-term consequences of these injuries; and the current state of the art on diagnosis and treatment. This Viewpoint discusses key findings of the Committee’s recently released report.1