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Date:3/18/2013

ng any return to play.

Across team sports, football (for which well-fitting helmet use is encouraged) was deemed the riskiest activity, alongside rugby. They were trailed overall by hockey and soccer, while the highest risk among girls was pegged to soccer and basketball.

But team sports are just part of the story, Rousseau said.

"The activity that causes the most head injuries is not football," she said. "[It's] not hockey. It's biking. In terms of raw numbers, the biggest group of concussions hitting emergency rooms is cyclists. Nobody is talking about getting rid of bikes. We need to talk about making all sports safer, and that includes individual sports."

The National Football League Players Association, the American Football Coaches Association, the Child Neurology Society, the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Neurocritical Care Society have all endorsed the new guidelines.

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For more on concussions, visit the American Academy of Neurology.

SOURCES: Christopher Giza, M.D., associate professor, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and Mattel Children's Hospital, Los Angeles; Gail Rosseau, M.D., clinical assistant professor, department of neurosurgery, Northshore University Health System, Chicago; March 18, 2013, Neurology, online


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