Smarter, Safer Concussion Management
for the Student Athlete

617-959-1010
Sports Concussion New England
Concussions are a Fact of Life in Today's Sports World
FACT
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A concussion is a mild brain injury.
Symptoms on the sideline may include:
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Physical: Headache, Poor Balance, Loss of Coordination, Dizziness, Nausea
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Cognitive: Confusion, Slowed Thinking, Disorientation, Trouble Remembering Instructions or Following Directions
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Emotional: Unusual Crying or Laughing
FACT
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Recovery may take days, weeks, or even longer, perhaps causing student athletes difficulty keeping up in school due to problems with:
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Headache, Sensitivity to Light or Noise, Sleeping, Dizziness, Double Vision
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Concentration, Fatigue, Memory Efficiency, Slowed Thinking, Feelings of "Fogginess"
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Irritability, Depression
FACT
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Up to 10% of student athletes in many contact sports have concussions each season.
FACT
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Players who have had multiple concussions are at higher risk for further concussions and for more prolonged symptoms if another concussion occurs.
Concussions too often go unrecognized...
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Many players do not report concussions due to lack of knowledge, failure to understand the risks, fear of letting their team down, or determination to play through any challenge or pain.
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Concussions can be very difficult to fully recognize in the heat of a contest.
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High school athletes are slower to recover from concussions than older players.
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A concussion may not be fully healed, even after an athlete thinks that symptoms are gone.
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Players who return to contact before a concussion is fully healed run the risk of prolonging symptoms or even suffering catastrophic injury (Second Impact Syndrome).
...when is it safe for an athlete to return to contact sports after a concussion?
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