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Sunday, October 02, 2011
Medicine of Cycling releases concussion guidelines for cyclists
From Bike World News:
USA Cycling and the Medicine of Cycling group have released recommendations for treatment of riders who have sustained head trauma in cycling. Foremost amongst the guidelines is that any rider with a witnessed loss of consciousness during training or competition should be immediately removed from competition for evaluation by a medical professional trained in diagnosing traumatic brain injury or concussion.
“Concussion can occur without direct impact or loss of consciousness, and can result in physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms that may be evident immediately or evolve over days or weeks,” explained Dr. Anna Abramson of the University of California, San Francisco and co-founder of Medicine of Cycling. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 1.7 million people that sustain a traumatic brain injury annually. Concussions can occur during falls, motor vehicle accidents, struck by/against events, and assaults. However, concussed cyclists are more likely to have impaired function that could lead to a repeat crash, potentially hurting themselves and others. Those with previous concussions are at increased risk of repeat concussions and brain injury, and are most susceptible during the post-concussion period. This is dangerous in the short term and has long term implications of post-concussion syndrome.”
Labels: cycling, cycling team, Cyclists, disease control and prevention, doping, independent group, loss of consciousness, medical professional, post concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, USA Cycling
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