IOC SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF CONCUSSION PROTOCOL IN SPORT
Lausanne, 6 November 2001 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the development of a global protocol for the treatment of concussions.
The IOC, together with the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), agreed to create a working group which aim would be to prepare the ground for a consensus on how concussions are to be defined, diagnosed and treated. This decision was taken during the International Symposium on Concussion in Sport, held in Vienna, Austria on 2 and 3 November 2001 and attended by 150 medical experts representing more than 15 sporting organizations.
“Concussions are a growing problem in sport that we need to address. Only through the cooperation of sporting bodies can we develop the right answer to protect the health of the athletes”, said Dr Patrick Schamasch, IOC Medical Commission Director.