New guidelines for dealing with head injuries which are violent enough to cause a concussion have been recommended by the American Academy of Neurology in the latest online issue of Neurology.
"If in doubt, sit it out," Dr. Christopher Giza, a children's neurologist at the University of California in Los Angeles told ABC of the doctors' recommendations. "There is no set timeline for safe return to play."
The revision to the old guidelines include throwing out its grading system (I, II and III), while setting a ten-day period of rest before the player is allowed to return to the field of play.
The neurologists acknowledged that there is no reliable diagnostic tool for determining the severity of a concussion and so recommend that patients visit with a qualified doctor for an opinion on how to proceed.
Typically, it takes at least 24 hours to recover from a concussion, and there is a heightened risk over the next ten days to suffer another.
by RTT Staff Writer
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