AAFP and NFL Tackles Concussions Head-on

From the Doctor’s Blog September 18, 2015


AAFP and NFL Tackles Concussions

When a student athlete is concussed in a game, it is often a family physician who provides the initial care.

The National Football League is aware that primary care physicians see most young athlete head injuries, so they have begun working with the American Academy of Family Physicians to increase awareness of symptoms, diagnosis, tests and treatment.


Overview About Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head. This type of brain injury can be common in athletes who play sports, or people who participate in recreational activities. It is also possible to get a concussion from a blow to the body if it causes sudden head movement.

You cannot see a concussion, and many of them are not treated or reported to a doctor. Signs and symptoms may show right away, or may not be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. A concussion can cause a variety of symptoms. Many times it doesn’t involve a loss of consciousness.Concussion in sports can happen during drills, practices and games. Injuries during practice can be just as serious as those that happen during competition.

FamilyDoctor.org has good information about concussion:

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis & Tests
  • Treatment
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  • Playing Sports
  • Prevention
  • and Lasting Effects

Visit their page, “Concussion/Prevention” here: diseases-conditions/concussion

Funding and support for this material have been provided by the National Football League Foundation, courtesy of FamilyDoctor.org


This article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care professional for evaluation of your individual case.