An overview of concussion consensus statements since 2000

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✓ More refereed publications on sports-related concussion have appeared since 2000 than in all previous years combined. Three international consensus statements, documents from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and entire issues of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and the Journal of Athletic Training have been devoted to this subject. The object of this article is to critique the consensus statements and NATA and ACSM documents, pointing out areas of controversy.

Abbreviations used in this paper:ACSM = American College of Sports Medicine; FIFA = Fédération Internationale de Football Association; IOC = International Olympic Committee; NATA = National Athletic Trainers' Association.

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