Concussion Education & Management
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. An athlete does not have to lose consciousness (be “knocked out”) to have suffered a concussion.
Common symptoms of concussion include:
- difficulty concentrating
- easily confused
- slowed thought processes
- difficulty with memory
- lack of energy, tiredness
- dizziness, poor balance
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light and sounds
- mood changes – irritable, anxious, or tearful
- appears dazed or stunned
- confused about assignment
- forgets plays
- unsure of game, score, or opponent
- moves clumsily
- answers questions slowly
- loses consciousness
- shows behavior or personality changes
On-Field Evaluation Tools: The SCAT5 and Child-SCAT 5 (ages 12 and under) are standardized tools used by medical professionals and qualified health care professionals to aid in evaluating athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion.
Physician/Clinician Evaluation Forms: The Acute Concussion Evaluation Physician/Clinician Clearance Form is an assessment tool for concussed student-athletes. This form is to be completed by the treating physician/clinician upon return to school and other activities. This form should be given to your Athletic Trainer, school nurse, or school administrator.
Return-to-Play and Return-to-Play: Use the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan to help guide the recovery plan for concussed student-athletes. This form is to be completed by the treating physician/clinician upon return to school and other activities. This form should be given to your Athletic Trainer, school nurse, school administrator, or coach.