Sports Medicine, Counseling About Risk of Contact/Collision Sports

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends that family physicians understand and communicate with patients the risks associated with contact/collision sports, including gender-based differences. Contact and collision sports include any form of activity in which athletes collide with other athletes, inanimate objects, or the ground increasing the risk of bodily injury. Family physicians should inform patients about potential risks, including concussions, and communicate strategies to manage and minimize risk. Physicians should talk with their patients about appropriate return to play protocol to ensure a healthy recovery and avoid further injury. (1990) (2019 COD)