American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Publishes Position Statement on Concussion in Sport

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine published its position statement on sports-related concussions (SRC) in the March 2019 issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.  Among other important topics, the Society’s statement reviews the definition, the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussions, prevention strategies and possible avenues for future research.

In its conclusion, the Society writes, “The diagnosis of concussion is challenging because it relies on self-reported symptoms that can be caused by other common conditions, and there are no readily available objective diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis.”

The Society’s statement is further motivation for the Potvin Family Foundation to increase its efforts to create a “Head Smart” environment for all youth sports as well as support efforts that help fund important research designed to diagnose and treat sports-related concussions.

The Society’s conclusion aligns perfectly with our mission, when it writes, “There are many beneficial aspects to participation in sport and exercise that should be balanced against the concern for concussion. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine supports continued research in the area of SRC to enhance safe participation in sport.”

Click here to read the position statement.


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After a Sports-Related Concussion

Each year, the American Academy of Neurology hosts a Sports Concussion Conference to ensure everyone is involved in the discussion of preventing, diagnosing, and managing sport-related concussion.  The most recent Conference was held in Indianapolis, IN between July 26-28, 2019, where Neurology Consultant caught up with John Leddy, MD, the medical director for the Concussion Management Clinic at the University at Buffalo. Click here to read what Dr. Leddy had to say about returning to play after a sports-related concussion.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Heads Up” Program

The Potvin Family Foundation is a proud web partner of the Centers for Disease Control’s Heads Up concussion awareness programming and related research.

The CDC protects America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. To accomplish its mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. Among its comprehensive online resources, CDC provides the public access to important information regarding the “Head Smart” movement. 



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