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4. The injury should be graded or classified only after the athlete has been rendered asymptomatic, whether it is 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, or 5 weeks following the injury. Your goal should always be to try to prevent a recurrent injury, and research suggests that all the aforementioned factors can influence the outcome.

5. Athletic trainers, team physicians, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists should work together as a team to determine the athlete's readiness to return safely to competition following a head injury.

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