AAN Issues Statement on NFL Concussion Policy

November 23, 2009

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By Robert C. Griggs, MD, FAAN, President of the American Academy of Neurology

The American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is encouraged by news reports that the National Football League will soon implement a new policy requiring an independent neurologist to evaluate players who have suffered a concussion. The Academy would welcome an opportunity to work with the NFL to implement this new policy change as it is imperative that an unbiased neurologist be involved in determining when it is safe for a player to return to play.

The Academy has a network of sports neurologists available nationwide who are members of the Academy's Sports Neurology Section. Read more on the AAN Sports Neurology Section page.