LOCAL health professionals are urging sports bodies in the district to err on the side of caution when dealing with suspected cases of concussion with their players.
The issue has been highlighted in recent weeks by a number of both high profile head injuries in national sport coinciding with a handful of suspected concussion injuries in local sporting events.
While education and awareness of the importance of managing potential concussion injuries appropriately has been increasing over the past decade, a recent study suggests the incidence of hospitalisation through sports related concussions has also increased markedly in that time, with close to 5000 hospitalisations of people aged 15 or over across Australia in the past decade.
Sports such as motor sports, equestrian activities, Australian football and rugby all had high rates of incidence of concussion when figures were adjusted for participation, while the greatest significant increases came in sports such as cycling, soccer, rugby and roller sports.
Active Health Portland exercise physiologist Shae Johnson said athletes, parents and club officials needed to understand that concussion is a serious issue.
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