On Saturday, Dec. 1, Renown Sports Medicine will be hosting its first Community Concussion Awareness Program (CCAP) at Mack Auditorium, Renown Regional Medical Center. Luis Palacio, MD, with Renown Sports Medicine, has insights.
Why should parents be concerned about the dangers associated with concussions? Dr. Luis Palacio gives a brief overview.
What Will Concussion Awareness Day Be Like?
Northern Nevada community concussion experts from different backgrounds and organizations will be present to discuss the various treatment options available for concussed athletes. Dangers associated with concussions, proper “return to play,” and proper return to educational activities (“return to learn”) will be discussed. Teachers, athletic administrators, coaches, parents, athletes and also healthcare providers should attend.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Concussions?
Concussions are a common problem in sports and have the potential for serious complications if not managed correctly. Concussion effects are different for each athlete, so it is vital to recognize when a concussion is suspected. Signs and symptoms change throughout the athlete’s recovery and may include loss of balance, confusion, slow or slurred speech, trouble concentrating, nausea with or without vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise, excessive sleepiness or trouble sleeping, and also a lack of motivation.
What Is the Recovery Process Like After Concussion?
After a concussion, the athlete should have physical rest and relative cognitive rest (avoiding excessive concentration) for at least a few days during recovery. In most cases, after some rest, the athlete may gradually increase their activity level as long as symptoms do not worsen. The athlete should not return to playing or sports until their concussion-related symptoms have resolved and the athlete has successfully returned to full school or learning activities. When returning to sports, the athlete should follow a stepwise, medically managed exercise progression with increasing amounts of exercise.
Concussions may also affect the athlete’s ability to complete schoolwork. The athlete may need to miss some school after a concussion during recovery. When returning to school, some athletes may need schedule adjustments so that concussion symptoms do not worsen. If a particular activity worsens symptoms, then the athlete should stop said activity and rest until symptoms improve. It is important that healthcare providers, parents, caregivers and teachers effectively communicate to coordinate the athlete’s safe return to schoolwork.
If you have any questions about the concussion summit, please call 982-2838.