Concussions awareness is very important. In today's athletics, athletes are bigger, stronger, faster than ever before and concussions are a part of the game. This is an injury that can not be seen such as a broken bone or a sprained ankle. This is an injury that affects motor skills, cognitive skills, and everyday life, not only the athlete, but those around the athlete, the parents, brothers, sisters and friends. The video below is graphic, and it is designed that way to show the not only the damaging affects of not recognizing a concussion when it happens, but what can happen when a athlete returns too soon and sustains a second hit to the head called second impact syndrome.
Return to Play Criteria
If a diagnosis of a concussion or concussion like symptoms are made by the Athletic Trainer or your Medical Provider, Once they are cleared, either by the Athletic Trainer or your medical provider, your athlete will then will have to go through the Return to Play Criteria once they are ASYMPTOMATIC for 24 hours. The return to play criteria does not start at the onset of the injury. This process takes a week to perform and it is a gradual physical exertion test to see if the symptoms or signs of a concussion come back. For a further explanation please do not hesitate to ask me about the Return to Play Criteria or click on the link in the concussion guidelines for the NFHS box below.