Welcome to Paris and the 6th International Conference on Concussion in Sport!

The 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport will be held in Paris, from 29 to 31 October 2020. The organising federation for this Consensus Conference is the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The sponsoring federations are the IOC, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), World Rugby (WR) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with a separate Scientific Committee coordinating the programme.

Concussions are in the spotlight more than ever. For this reason, the IOC, IIHF, FIFA, WR and FEI have taken a lead role in organising this Conference, together with an independent Scientific Group.

The purpose of the Conference is twofold. The first objective is to present a summary of new evidence-based summaries that span the spectrum of concussion, from definition to initial management, investigations, treatment, return to play protocols and prevention.

An expert panel group will review the research and develop the consensus from the information presented at the meeting.

With the facts presented by the world’s experts and researchers in concussion in sport, the second objective is to reach an agreement amongst the expert panel on developing a Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. This document will then be used by physicians and healthcare professionals involved in the care of injured athletes at the recreational, elite or professional level.

Since its inception in 2001, the Conference has become the main forum for concussion awareness and prevention in sport. It led to the publication of the first Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) in 2005, which is in use by many sports leagues and federations today its current form, the SCAT5. The Consensus and the SCAT have formed the foundation based on which the majority of sports organisations have developed protocols with respect to concussion. The SCAT ranks as one of the most significant efforts by the sports medicine field to address concussion treatment and prevention.

The most recent conferences (the last occurring in 2012 in Zurich and 2016 in Berlin) have developed and adjusted the SCAT, currently in its fifth version (SCAT5), in order for health care professionals to identify and evaluate concussion from pro athletes to children (Child SCAT5). A concussion recognition tool (CRT5) has also been developed for parents, coaches and others to help with concussion detection.

The forthcoming Paris Consensus will address a broad range of topics that will then be published in leading medical journals.

Professor Lars Engebretsen

Chair of the Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Paris 2020