Concussion is a topic that affects everyone in sport in some way whether you are a coach, athlete, trainer, physician, or director. A concussion is more than just a headache or a temporary loss of cognitive ability. It’s an injury that is invisible and destructive if not handled properly. With the amount of concussion resources available online, it can be difficult to find the best and most current information that will be useful for you and your organization. That is why SIRC has compiled articles on how to identify a concussion, when to send an athlete back on the field, how to help a concussed child that's returning to school as well as some practical tools for sport professionals.
How do you know it's a Concussion?
Recent research has made it clear that a concussion can have a significant impact on an individual’s health and well-being. In fact, research shows that activities that require concentration can actually cause concussion symptoms to reappear or worsen. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussion and knowledge of how to properly manage a concussion is critical to recovery. It is critical that someone with a suspected concussion be examined by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner immediately. ... Read more »
Return to Play
Concussion is perhaps the most puzzling and mismanaged neurological condition described in the sports medicine literature. While identifying and diagnosing the injury can be quite challenging, the greatest mystery lies in the pathophysiology and the brain’s nonsystematic course of recovery. Concussive injuries are common and comprise nearly 10% of all athletic injuries. ... Read more »
Returning to School after a Concussion
Each year hundreds of thousands of K-12 students sustain a concussion as a result of a fall, motor-vehicle crash, collision on the playground or sports field, or other activity. Most will recover quickly and fully. However, knowledge of a concussion’s potential effects on a student, and appropriate management of the return-to-school process, is critical for helping students recover from a concussion. ... Read more »
Tools for Sport Professionals
Sport is an important part of our everyday lives. The benefits are not only fun, but good for fitness too. However, one of the greatest threats to participating is the occurrence of preventable injuries, resulting from unsafe practices and environments. This resource was made possible by a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help coaches, trainers, parents, athletes and health care professionals recognize and prevent serious brain injuries. ... Read more »
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