One of the most important aspects, if not the most important part of dealing with concussions, is knowing when an athlete can return to their sport. If an athlete is rushed back too early, this can create an increased recovery time, and even put the athlete at risk of further, more severe brain injury.
Now that you have recognized the symptoms of a concussion in one of your athletes, what is the next step to take? Managing the symptoms of a concussion appropriately is the best thing you can do to get that athlete back into their sport.
The concussion is an injury that is gaining more attention over the past few years, especially with the increase in exposure in the media. It is estimated that concussions account for 8.9% of all high school athletic injuries and about 7% of all sports-related injuries. However, it is likely that the total number of concussions estimated is low due to under-reporting of injuries as many athletes will not seek medical attention following a concussion.
So you had an athlete get a hit to the head during practice. Maybe they were basing a stunt and the flyer came down on their head, or they were tumbling and collided with a teammate. What should you do? One thing about concussions is that not everyone presents the same way. There are many different possible symptoms that can be present, and any one person can have any possible combination of those symptoms.
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