Concussion information for Health Care Professionals


Dear Colleague,
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Concussion recognition and diagnosis can be a clinical challenge, so it is essential that every health care professional involved in equestrian sport is familiar with the guidelines which form the basis of concussion care for every international and professional sport throughout the world.
The latests version of these guidelines were issued by the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, which was held in Berlin on October 27 - 28, 2016. This is the most prestigious gathering in the world of sports concussion researchers and experts, held once every four years. The FEI joined the2016 Conference as co-sponsors along with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA, the International Rugby Federation (IRF), and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). 
The conference conducted an exhaustive review of the existing data and research on the subject, followed by discussion between the many sports represented.
The conclusions of the conference experts include a Concussion Consensus Statement as well as the following tools:

  • SCAT 5 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool), a tool designed to aid medical professionals determine whether an athlete is concussed. The Child SCAT 5 should be usd for children  aged between 5 and 12 years.
  • CRT 5 (Concussion Recognition Tool), a tool designed to help lay persons recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion in order to take appropriate action

We strongly recommend that these vital tools are used when assessing athletes where concussion is suspected. For concussion management at FEI events please download the FEI Doctor's Pack, which includes: 

  • A protocol for Concussion Recognition and Management at FEI events
  • Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5)
  • Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5)
  • Child SCAT5
  • FEI Concussion Return To Play Form.

We also ask that medical colleagues recommend the CRT5 to non-medical professionals such as athletes, coaches and other officials. Please stress the importance of recognising concussion or suspected concussion so that correct medical advice is sought.

Best regards,
The FEI Medical Committee


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