An unacceptable number of adolescent athletes are returning to play before fully recovering from concussion. These athletes are at risk of negative outcomes including serious lifelong physical and mental health problems or even death. Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of returning to play before being fully recovered following concussion, there is need to improve education on appropriate return-to-play guidelines and to find ways to ensure these guidelines are being applied. Sports medicine professionals, parents, coaches and sports administrators must work together to ensure proper recovery following concussion.

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