Smarter, Safer Concussion Management
for the Student Athlete
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Concussions are a Fact of Life in Today's Sports World
A concussion is a mild brain injury.
Symptoms on the sideline may include:
Physical: Headache, Poor Balance, Loss of Coordination, Dizziness, Nausea
Cognitive: Confusion, Slowed Thinking, Disorientation, Trouble Remembering Instructions or Following Directions
Emotional: Unusual Crying or Laughing
Recovery may take days, weeks, or even longer, perhaps causing student athletes difficulty keeping up in school due to problems with:
Headache, Sensitivity to Light or Noise, Sleeping, Dizziness, Double Vision
Concentration, Fatigue, Memory Efficiency, Slowed Thinking, Feelings of "Fogginess"
Up to 10% of student athletes in many contact sports have concussions each season.
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...
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.
Concussions can be very difficult to fully recognize
in the heat of a contest.
High school athletes are slower to recover
from concussions than older players.
A concussion may not be fully healed
, even after an athlete thinks that symptoms are gone.
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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