Para Football leading on para concussion guidelines

Sportanddev.org

April 12, 2021

On 31 March 2021, the first Para Concussion Position Statement was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The publishing of this first concussion posititon statement marks a major milestone in the care of concussion management for para-athletes.

Concussion is a global issue for all forms of football, and has been the subject of extensive scientific and media attention in recent years. To date, however, there has been no specific guidance and advice to shape the assessment and management of para-athletes with concussions.

Para Football’s medical unit co-leads, Dr Osman Ahmed and Dr Richard Weiler, are both authors on this position statement, and are members of the newly formed “Concussion in Para Sport” group which authored the position statement. This group of international experts includes several members of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical Committee, as well as other renowned international para sport researchers and concussion experts.

Para Football’s Dr Osman Ahmed said:

“It has been a privilege to be able to work with some of the world-leading clinicians involved in para sport to be able to create these guidelines. We are confident that this position statement will be the first of many steps in improving the concussion management of para footballers globally, and we look forward to helping to enhance the welfare for all formats of para football.”

Para Football co-founder, Sam Turner says:

“For many years this has been an important topic in need of a joined-up strategy to protect our players across all formats of the game, and wider para sport. We are pleased that Para Football provides a collaborative platform, bringing together all stakeholders to develop a safer game, and world-renowned experts such as Osman and Richard are driving the change.”

Para Football and our partners are working to facilitate concussion research across the various formats of para football and member associations worldwide. With the health and well-being of all our players as the key priority, we will collaborate with all stakeholder groups to ensure this.

The first Concussion in Para Sport Consensus Statement is available here.

Para Football is creating a home through its website at www.parafootball.com where anyone around the world can find more information and choose how they want to get involved in Para Football.

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