IBJI Concussion Safety Tips

IBJI Concussion Safety Tips

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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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.

While risk of injury, including concussion, may never be completely eliminated from youth sports, there are proactive measures that may be taken to help reduce head injury risks,including the following:

  • Concussions and head injuries should be taken seriously.
  • One of the most important concussion safety measures is being knowledgeable of concussion signs/symptoms and capable of recognizing injury.

 

Possible signs/symptoms of concussion:

Headache

Nausea

Dizziness

Visual problems

Balance problems

Fatigue

Lethargy

 

Nervousness

Drowsiness

Difficulty remembering

Sleeping more than usual

Vomiting

Feeling slowed down

Confusion

 

Sensitivity to light

Sensitivity to noise

Numbness/tingling

Sleeping less than usual

Difficulty with/slurred speech

Loss of consciousness

Feeling mentally foggy

 

Irritability

Difficulty concentrating

Unequal/dilated pupils

Sadness

Feeling more emotional

Amnesia

Trouble falling asleep

 

If there is any suspicion that an athlete may have sustained a head injury or concussion, he or she should be immediately removed from play.

Remember “when in doubt, sit it out”.

  • Athletes should wear appropriate and well-fitted equipment for their sport, but keep in mind that there is no equipment or gear currently available that will prevent a concussion.
  • Players should be encouraged to use proper sporting techniques, as instructed by coaching staff.
  • Athletes should also follow all rules and play with good sportsmanship.
  • Lastly, athletes should feel comfortable reporting injury.

If you feel you/your child has suffered a concussion, the IBJI Concussion Team is available for post-injury evaluation and management.

 

 

IBJI Concussion Specialists:

 Dr. Andrew Hunt
847-247-4000
Grayslake, Libertyville)

 

Dr. Rhutav Parikh
847-336-3335
(Gurnee, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst)

 

Kelly Trainor APN, CPNP
773-327-5639
(Glenview, Highland Park, Logan Square, Morton Grove)

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.

 

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