One of Canada's leading sports-concussion experts co-authors an international consensus statement

    Dr. Karen Johnston provides input on diagnosis and treatment guidelines

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - A first-of-its-kind consensus statement that
addresses the definition, diagnosis, treatment and assessment of concussions
was published Friday in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and will appear
in many other prestigious journals, such as the British Journal of Sports
Medicine and Journal of Clinical Neuroscience in the coming weeks.
    The document was drafted by a group of international concussion experts
and is intended to be used as a guide for athletic trainers, health-care
professionals, coaches and other people involved in the care of injured
athletes. The document was developed at the 3rd International Conference on
Concussion in Sport, which was held in Zurich in late 2008. The conference was
organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the Federation
Internationale de Football (FIFA), the International Olympic Committee Medical
Commission (IOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).
    "The IIHF, FIFA, IOC and IRB once again brought together world experts in
sport concussion, this time to achieve a consensus document. This is a first
and follows guideline papers previously developed first in Vienna then in
Prague," says Dr. Karen Johnston, neurosurgeon and director of the Sport
Concussion Clinic at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto Rehab) and
an international neurosurgical consultant for professional and amateur
sporting groups. "The paper provides important updates to our understanding of
sport concussion based on new science and directs modified approaches to
diagnostic and management issues. It will become the "go to" document for
sport doctors, coaches, trainers and athletes alike to guide them in dealing
with sport concussion."
    The paper is accompanied by a revised Sport Concussion Assessment Tool
(SCAT2), an objective and standardized diagnosis method for caregivers to use
for concussions in athletes over the age of 10.

    Some highlights of the consensus document include:
    -  Return-to-play guidelines for both elite and non-elite athletes
    -  The use of balance assessment technology in diagnosing concussions
    -  The importance of knowledge transfer about concussions between
       athletes, health-care providers and the general public
    -  The introduction of a pocket-sized SCAT2

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with Dr. Karen
Johnston, please contact: Angela Baker, Media Relations Specialist, Toronto
Rehab, (416) 597-3422, ext. 3837,

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