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01 Nov 2004
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Symposium on Concussion in Sport

The Second International Symposium on Concussion in Sport, organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in cooperation with the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will take place on 5 and 6 November in Prague, Czech Republic.

Latest research on head injury
The aim of the symposium is to consider the latest research on head injuries with an emphasis first on rehabilitation, recovery and return to play, and secondly on guidelines to establish an effective concussion management programme. The scientific committee, composed of scientists and medical experts including IOC Medical Director Patrick Schamasch, will also review the progress made since the first symposium held in November 2001 in Vienna, Austria.

The full programme of the symposium can be found on the IIHF web site:

250,000 injuries in football
Concussion is the most common head injury that occurs when particpating in sport, with more than 250,000 injuries reported annually by football players alone. Athletes most at risk from sports-related concussion participate in football, boxing, hockey, equestrian events and skiing.

Temporary alteration in consciousness
Concussion is a temporary alteration in consciousness that occurs immediately after a blow to the head. Concussion is the mildest form of traumatic brain injury. However, the cumulative effect of having more than one concussion can be permanently damaging or deadly.

Learn more on the medical commission

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