Managing concussion: a 2019 update with Prof Kim Harmon. Episode #366

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Did you know that up to 3.8?million sports-related concussions occur in the USA annually? As the largest membership organisation representing sports medicine physicians in North America, the AMSSM is perfectly placed to provide advice and guidance to clinicians who are expected to manage every stage of the concussion spectrum. On this week’s episode, Prof Kimberly Harmon (T: @DrKimHarmon) returns for another podcast and joins BJSM’s Daniel Friedman (T: @ddfriedman) to discuss the upcoming updated 2019 AMSSM position statement on managing concussion in sport. Prof Harmon is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington, as well as a past president of the AMSSM. She has over 20 years of experience as a team physician for the University of Washington, and is currently the head physician for the university’s American football team. In this 20 minute conversation, Prof Harmon discusses: · Our current understanding of concussion · The 2019 updated AMSSM Concussion in Sport position statement vs the 2013 statement · Managing concussed athletes and return to play at the collegiate level · Efforts to prevent concussion and reduce its severity in college football Prof Harmon will be speaking at the upcoming 2019 ACSEP conference (https://bit.ly/2HkQsi5) in Queenstown, NZ, and at the 2019 AMSSM Annual Meeting (https://bit.ly/2U573rD) in Houston, USA. Don't miss out! Further reading: Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Gammons M Endorsed by the National Trainers’ Athletic Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, et al. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport Br J Sports Med 2013;47:15-26. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/1/15.short Turner M Happy Birthday Concussion! Br J Sports Med Published Online First: 01 December 2018. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-100316 McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Dvorak J, et al Consensus statement on concussion in sport—the 5th international conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016. Br J Sports Med 2017;51:838-847

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