There’s a lot of talk about concussion lately…

…both in the news and in the world of vision care, and COVD is proud to be part of the conversation. Our website houses a robust set of resources for both doctors and the public, we’re working to build  a library of content here on the blog, and the Fall 2017 issue of Vision Development and Rehabilitation was concussion-themed.

Coming to a consensus

In October of 2016, the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport brought together a group of experts from around the globe with the mission to develop a comprehensive document for post-concussive care. This document would be tailored for the physicians and healthcare providers who care for athletes at all levels, from recreational to professional.  Their resulting work was the 5th Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport–the fifth statement since 2002, and the third consensus statement. Its identification as a consensus sets the work apart, indicating that the experts systematically reviewed all relevant research for its preparation.

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The authors of the Consensus Statement acknowledge that the science of sports-related concussion (SRC) is evolving; there will, no doubt, be a 6th consensus statement. This particular work reflects the current state of knowledge and is meant to provide an overview of issues in the management of SRC and is not intended as a clinical practice guideline or standard of care.

A Recipe for a Rewarding Recovery

The statement follows the 11 R’s of clinical concussion management:

  1. Recognize
  2. Remove
  3. Re-evaluate
  4. Rest
  5. Rehabilitation
  6. Refer
  7. Recover
  8. Return to sport
  9. Reconsider
  10. Residual effects and sequelae
  11. Risk reduction


Want more about concussion treatment? Our 2018 Annual Meeting will include a course on collaborative concussion care!

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Learn more about the COVD2018 education program!