In the December 1997 AAP News, you ran a Health Brief on a sports-related concussion article published in 1996 in The Physician and Sport medicine. While we were happy you chose concussion as a subject for AAP News, we noticed that particular article did not reflect the most current information available.
As you may remember, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published its guidelines for managing concussion in sports in the March 1997 (vol. 48, No.3) issue of its journal, Neurology. The 1996 article reviewed in Health Briefs was published five months before our concussion management guidelines were released — and therefore does not reflect how physicians, athletes, coaches or athletic trainers may have changed their perception of concussion management since that time.