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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA, APTA sections and academies, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies. None of the CPGs were written by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II, or AGREE II, conducted by a team of experts.

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Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion

January 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Child (6-12)
Condition & Symptoms: Concussion

Summary of Evidence-Based Guideline Update: Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (CPG+)

June 11, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Adolescent (13-18), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Concussion

Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms: 3rd Edition

May 31, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Concussion

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management and Rehabilitation of Post-Acute Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Version 3.0

June 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Brain Injuries