Youngsville, North Carolina (PressExposure) November 29, 2011 -- Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Inc. introduces the newest tip card on concussion: CONCUSSION EDUCATION IN THE STUDENT-ATHLETE'S NEIGHBORHOOD. This tip card helps physicians examine and treat athletes, parents understand changes at home, friends be aware of concussion symptoms, educators make classroom adjustments, school nurses oversee school programs, coaches recognize and refer, and athletic trainers assess and monitor the student-athlete.
A concussion is a head injury, although the more accurate description is a brain injury, since the brain has been traumatized. A sports concussion certainly falls into this category. The most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include: persistent headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, fatigue, irritability and depression and sometimes loss of consciousness. Even though the athlete may look fine, one cannot assume that he is okay. Athletic Trainer and author Phil Hossler says, "There is no such thing as a "minor" concussion. 90% of concussions do not involve any loss of consciousness. Younger people have more immature, still developing brains and therefore may get more serious and longer lasting concussions than adults." After a student-athlete has received a head injury or a blow to the body, no physical or emotional changes should be taken lightly.
Return to play is addressed in this tip card as the biggest question from the student-athlete's point of view, with the athlete's safety as the biggest concern of the parents, coaches and trainers. The majority of state laws require a physician's approval before any student-athlete returns to play following a concussion.
It is important that everyone in the student-athlete's neighborhood - parents, physicians, educators, athletic trainers, coaches, school nurses and friends - all keep a watchful eye on the injured athlete. Each and every one plays an integral part in recognizing the student-athlete's injury and helping in the recovery. The more that's known about concussion, the safer the athlete.