Concussion in kids: no contact sport for 2 weeks

Meanwhile experts downplay chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Children should sit out from contact sport for at least two weeks after being assessed as symptom-free following suspected concussion, new national guidelines say.

A coalition of Australian sport and medical bodies called Concussion in Sport Australia is set to begin bombarding grassroots sporting clubs with information about the signs of concussion in a bid to ensure teams understand when to remove athletes after a knock.

The group is also offering doctors an on-line learning module and a one-stop shop for resources including concussion recognition and assessment tools