Saint Alphonsus Sports Medicine experts have a complete understanding of sports related injuries including concussions. As you know, concussions are a potential danger to athletes in any sport. So how do you keep your athletes safe? By knowing what a concussion is, what to do if an athlete is injured, and how to help him or her recover and get back to sports safely.

Because each person’s brain and injury are unique, some youth athletes may have only a few symptoms but others may have many. Some kids may have mild symptoms and others may have more severe symptoms. Regardless, it’s important to contact a sports medicine specialist for a full evaluation if you suspect a concussion. Experiencing concussion symptoms can be scary but remember that your child’s body is telling him/her that the brain is healing and needs extra rest. Most kids feel normal again within two to three weeks, but sometimes it takes longer.

It is imperative that no athlete should be allowed to participate in any physical activity if he or she has possibly sustained a concussion before he or she is cleared by a qualified medical professional after sustaining a concussion.

The athlete should be completely free of symptoms and participating in school fully (if applicable) before beginning to play sports again. Once released by an appropriate health care provider, the child should participate in a gradual progression back to activity.

There are a few things you can do to decrease your athletes’ chances of getting a concussion.

  1. Ensure that your athletes wear properly fitted equipment and that it is checked and maintained regularly (if applicable).
  2. Encourage good sportsmanship and following the rules.
  3. Teach good technique.

The concussion clinic at Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services utilizes the expertise of sports medicine specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, along with neurologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and athletic trainers to best manage concussions.

Saint Alphonsus Sports Medicine also offers baseline neurocognitive (concussion) testing to evaluate a healthy athlete’s decision making ability, reaction time, attention and memory.