When In Doubt, Sit It Out
If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death.
Possible signs/symptoms resulting from a concussion:
What to do next:
• Your child should refrain from physical activity, including gym, recess, exertion activities, contact activities and contact sports until appropriately evaluated and cleared to resume.
• Avoid taking NSAIDs including aspirin, Advil, Aleve. Consult a specialist prior to taking any pain reliever. Rest tends to be most helpful for relieving headaches.
• Avoid anything that worsens symptoms including TV, reading, texting, loud noise, bright lights, etc.
• Avoid 'pushing through' symptoms; limit cognitive or 'thinking' activities and take breaks as needed to help manage symptom load.
• Stay adequately hydrated.
• Inform your primary care physician of the injury and schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional knowledgeable in concussion management.
Refer to an emergency room immediately with onset of any of the following signs/symptoms: weakness or numbness in arms/legs, decreased coordination, neck pain, repeated vomiting/nausea, pupil differences, ringing in ears, vision problems, slurring speech, seizures or convulsions, change in state of consciousness, increased confusion, unusual behavior, severe and/or worsening headache.
IBJI Concussion Specialists:
For your information, the IbJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.