New guidelines released for young athletes with concussions

According to new guidelines, athletes with concussions should not return to play on the same day they receive the concussion.

Dealing with concussions was the main topic Monday at the fifth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit. The gathering brings together nearly 140 organizations committed to keeping young athletes safe. On Tuesday, members meet with legislators on Capitol Hill.

The new guidelines were released Monday by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

These guidelines include ways to better educate athletes, parents and coaches about possible signs of a concussion and what can delay recovery from a concussion.

The guidelines also ask for better documentation of concussions and recovery periods so doctors and athletes can work together to prevent future instances.

The report states that any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be removed from play for the rest of the day and be evaluated by a physician or athletic trainer. It also says these players should not return to play until cleared by a physician.

The guidelines go on to discuss other considerations like equipment, pediatric concussions, home care, and those with a history of concussions.

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Concussion rates among high school athletes have steadily climbed the last 11 years. Dawn Comstock of the University of Colorado, however, notes that concussion rates have declined in wrestling and boys' soccer while other sports show a leveling off.

Comstock says the "epidemic curves" are beginning "to peak just a little bit. We've got to figure out why."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.