As a coach or trainer, it’s important for you to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion so you can protect athletes with a suspected concussion by removing them from risk. It also means the athlete can more quickly see a medical professional for a definite diagnosis.
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Fast recognition of concussion symptoms in student athletes is critical. Even if a player feels fine after a blow to the head or body, problems can develop hours or days after a brain injury.
Student athletes who sustain concussions need to rest in order to give their injured brains time to heal. Until your player receives clearance from a doctor, he or she must stop all sports participation and refrain from any activities that could potentially cause another bump to the head or body. These include biking, skateboarding and participating in school gym class. School work also may be restricted.
Getting baseline tested is very important and should be considered for contact and high-risk sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and hockey. In most cases, baseline testing is a part of the school’s pre-participation physical examination. Before the start of a sports season, players on school sports teams can undergo baseline testing to assess brain function, including:
Should an athlete incur a suspected concussion during a sports season, doctors can compare this pre-season baseline information to post-injury test results to determine if there has been a significant change due to a concussion and to guide recommendations for rapid recovery.
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Most athletes who sustain concussions fully recover within a few weeks and are able to progressively return to regular activities within that time. Most children who suffer 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. Our concussion experts may recommend a gradual return-to-play treatment process] for injured athletes. Remember, your player must have a doctor’s okay before resuming sports or other activities. Learn more about concussion treatment at UCLA.
California’s Education Code 49475 requires you to take action if a student may have suffered an injury. The law requires:
In addition, coaches must provide student athletes and their parents with a brain injury information sheet every year before starting practice for the season. Both athletes and their parents must read and sign this document and then return it to the school.