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Neurosurgery Urges Funding for National Concussion Surveillance System

On Feb. 2, the AANS, the CNS and the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care sent letters to House and Senate appropriators requesting $5 million to fund the National Concussion Surveillance System. The groups also joined the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators on a coalition letter with the same request. Currently, there is insufficient data to accurately estimate the incidence of sports-related concussions in youth and subpopulations of youth. Crucial data is also needed to capture all incidences of concussions due to falls, work-related injuries and recreational injuries across our population. This funding will help support efforts to further knowledge on concussions through clinical and basic science research.