THE WAITING GAME: Return to Play and Training After Concussion

Waryasz, Gregory R. M.D., C.S.C.S.; Tambone, Robert M.S.

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296e50b
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The aim is to define what a concussion is in addition to other common head injuries. The return to play guidelines for concussion are reviewed and discussed.

People of all athletic backgrounds can suffer concussions. For this reason, it is important to take all athletes and general fi tness participants through the same strict return to play guidelines. Postconcussion care is the responsibility of physicians, athletic trainers, personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and the athlete to ensure a safe return to activity

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

Gregory R. Waryasz, M.D., C.S.C.S., is an orthopedic surgery resident at Brown University in Providence, RI. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and as a certified personal trainer through AFAA.

Robert Tambone, M.S., is a medical student at New York Medical College. He has a master of science in basic medical science from New York Medical College.

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