Concussion Education and 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:

  • headache
  • fogginess
  • difficulty concentrating
  • easily confused
  • slowed thought processes
  • difficulty with memory
  • nausea
  • 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

Concussion Management:

  • On-Field Evaluation Tools: The SCAT5 and Child-SCAT 5 (ages 12 and under) are a standardized tools used by medical professionals and qualified health care professionals to aid in evaluation of 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 and/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 treating physician/clinician upon return to school and other activities. This form should be given to your Athletic Trainer, school nurse, school administrator and/or coach.