If you all recall I went to Zurich in November to attend the “Concussion Conference”; mainly as an observer, but there was enough time and opportunity to impart my questions/knowledge as a practicing athletic trainer. Here are the links to DAY 1 and DAY 2 of my live blogging. By the way, the live blogging was WELL received and continues to provide great insight into what went on. I hope that I am asked back for the next conference, or any other conference that wouldn’t mind my attendance.
Now the information gathered at the conference has been hashed and rehashed and now appears as the 4th Consensus Statement (tweeted previously).
As part of the initiative the Standardized Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) was looked at and changes were made to the 2nd version from 2008. You can now find the new version by clicking SCAT3.
A new wrinkle was an assessment tool for the younger ages, the group decided on the “Child” version of the new SCAT3, that can also be found by clicking Child SCAT3.
Also included in the addendum of the Consensus Statement was a recognition pocket card, found by clicking Recognition Pocket Card.
All of the above is free and intended to be used as a resource for better concussion assessment and even early management of concussion. Please read the Statement regarding best practices. As always this blog is NEVER to be used to diagnose or treat a concussion. There is a lot to be absorbed and read; one thing is for sure we as athletic trainers and concerned/educated individuals now have the most recent information at our fingertips. I guess this blog is actually doing some good work :) A side note; how about this appearing during National Athletic Trainers Month? It might be a coincidence, but I find it serendipitous.