The 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport was held in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2012. This conference put forth a consensus statement on concussion in sport, this paper is a revision and update of the recommendations developed following the 1st (Vienna 2001), 2nd (Prague 2004), and 3rd (Zurich 2008) International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport.
The new 2012 Zurich Consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous documents and to develop further conceptual understanding of this problem using a formal consensus-based approach. A detailed description of the consensus process is outlined at the end of this document under the Background section. This document is developed primarily for use by physicians and healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of injured athletes, whether at the recreational, elite or professional level.
With these new guidelines in place, a new Sports Concussion Assessment Tool has been issued.