CDC works with NFL on concussion awareness

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched a page on its website entitled “Partnering to help take concussions out of play” to provide information on concussion prevention, recognition and treatment. The CDC also reached out to more than 40,000 organizations and individuals to deliver a similar message.

“As the fall sports season kicks off, we encourage you to take this opportunity to talk with your coaches, parents, athletes, and others about concussions in all sports and the steps to take to help prevent, recognize, and respond to this serious injury,” the CDC wrote to those 40,000, which includes the organization’s ‘Heads Up’ sports medical partners. “We can help athletes of all ages stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussions and when it is safe for athletes to return to play.”

The CDC website features a new NFL locker room poster (above right) stressing the importance of recognizing a concussion, taking time to recover, and not returning to play too soon. The poster was developed by the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee, the NFL Players Association, the CDC, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, and the NFL Physicians Society.

For more concussion-related information from the CDC, click here.

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