Head injuries sustained during sport can appear quite dramatic and evoke a strong emotional response from athletes, coaches, spectators and the media. This can mean they are difficult to assess and manage. It is important to have a consistent approach to the assessment and management of head injuries to ensure that an accurate diagnosis is made and to allow athletes to safely return to sport and to the workplace. 

After studying this topic, you should be able to:

  • Be familiar with the definition of concussion.
  • Understand the principles discussed in the current ‘ACC National Concussion Guidelines'.
  • Be able to assess and manage a patient who presents following a head injury.
  • Be able to distinguish between head injuries which are likely to resolve spontaneously and those which require emergency referral and further treatment.
  • Have an understanding of the acute management of sports-related concussion.
  • Safely manage an athlete's return to school, work and sport including the use of appropriate testing tools.
  • Have an awareness of the long-terms effects of repeated head injuries.


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This content was created by Dr Helen Joyce Fulcher MBChB, DipPaed, PGCertHSc(Sports Med), in August 2016.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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