AAN Applauds NFL Efforts to Have Independent Neurologic Consultants on Sidelines Next Season

January 31, 2013

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The American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest professional association of neurologists with more than 25,000 members, is applauding today’s reports that the National Football League plans to have neurologic expertise on sidelines during games next season to help diagnose and treat concussions.  The announcement was made by the NFL during a pre-Super Bowl news conference. 

“It is imperative that an unbiased neurologist be involved in determining when it is safe for a player to return to play,” said Bruce Sigsbee, MD, FAAN, president of the American Academy of Neurology. “We owe it to these professional athletes to be seen by a physician with training in the evaluation and management of sports concussion. You only get one brain.”

The AAN welcomes an opportunity to work with the NFL to implement this new policy change. The Academy has a network of sports neurologists available nationwide who are members of the Academy's Sports Neurology Section and we are looking forward to working with other professional organizations on the issue of sports concussion.  It’s estimated that more than one million athletes now experience a concussion each year in the United States. Learn more about concussion at http://www.aan.com/concussion.

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 25,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

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