If you think you or a teammate may have suffered a concussion during practice or a game due to a blow to the head or body, you should immediately tell an adult, such as your coach, athletic trainer or parents.
Continuing to engage in an activity with a possible concussion can be dangerous and could lead to severe or repeated brain injury. Athletes who have concussions have slower reflexes, poorer balance and delayed reaction times. This increases the risk of sustaining a more serious brain injury or other type of injury. Even if you feel fine, symptoms may develop hours or days after a brain injury.
UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT offers classes for athletes on how to prevent concussions through our prevention and outreach program.
At UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT, our doctors will customize a recovery plan based on your specific brain injury and concussion symptoms. Our goal is to swiftly diagnose and treat your sports concussion in order to minimize the effects of brain injury, prevent additional harm, and return you to activities safely.
If you have a sports concussion, our specialists at UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT may recommend the following recovery process:
Most athletes who sustain concussions fully recover within a few weeks and are able to progressively return to regular activities within that time. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment and our approach is focused on individualized assessment and treatment. In order to fully resume sports or other activities, your doctor may ask that you complete a gradual return-to-play treatment process. Learn more about concussion treatment.
If your school coach or athletic trainer believes you have a concussion, California’s Education Code 49475 requires them to immediately remove you from activity. You may return to activity only after a medical professional trained in concussion diagnosis and treatment gives the okay.
In addition, you and your parents must read and sign a brain injury information sheet every year before you begin practicing for a sport. You should return this signed form to your school coach.