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P.R.O. SPORTS & SPINAL REHAB
Team Doctors FOR
In an effort to safeguard & treat our athletes
with Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions,
P.R.O. Sports & Spinal Rehab &
is offering ImPACT Concussion Baseline Tests at
PRO Rehab's Plainfield office.
As your Team Doctors, we mandate strict guidelines
for the management,
treatment, and return to play criteria for all the
Sabre athletes who participate this year.
Concussion: The Facts
A concussion is an MTBI, (Minor Traumatic Brain Injury), and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a "bump" on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of a concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of a concussion or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, let our office know immediately.
A zero tolerance policy is enforced for all athletes,
parents and coaches who attempt to hide the
signs and symptoms of an athlete’s concussion or for
failing to report a concussion to the organization.
What can happen if my child keeps on playing with
a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes with the signs and symptoms of a concussion
should be removed from play immediately.
Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms
of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially
vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk
of significant damage from a concussion for a period
of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the
athlete suffers another concussion before completely
recovering from the first one. This can lead to
prolonged recovery or even to severe brain swelling
(second impact syndrome) with devastating and even
fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent
or teenage athletes will often fail to report symptoms
of injuries. Concussions are no different. As a result,
education of administrators, coaches, parents and
students is the key to the athlete’s safety.
Concussion Management Plan & Policy
The decision as to whether or not an
athlete will be allowed to return to play after
being diagnosed with a concussion, or
is believed to have received a concussion,
will be determined by this policy:
Return to Play Policy
1. In accordance with IHSA rules and Illinois
State law, any student-athlete suspected of a
concussion must be evaluated and obtain a
release form from a licensed physician.
If the student-athlete did not suffer a
concussion, the release form must clearly state
that, otherwise return to play
guidelines will be implemented.
2. IMPACT test scores will be recorded 24-72 hours
after suspected head injury or concussion,
if possible. These scores will be compared
to baseline scores and be made available
to parents, student-athletes and attending
physicians. IMPACT tests must be normal when
compared to baseline test results for a student-athlete
to progress to the next step in the return
to play process. Student-athletes must be
asymptomatic when beginning the following
3. For each of the exertion/exercise components
the student-athlete must remain asymptomatic
and cannot progress to the next step without
waiting 24 hours between each step.
Step 1: Exertion/exercise component; 20-30
minutes of stationary bicycling or
walking on a treadmill.
Step 2: Sport specific exercise and drills
(skating in hockey, running in soccer,
dribbling shooting in basketball,
technique drills in football).
Step 3: Full practice no contact.
Step 4: Full practice with contact.
Step 5: Return to competition/game.
If at any time the student-athlete experiences
reoccurring signs and symptoms of a concussion,
the athlete will wait 24 hours and return to
the previous step in the protocol and progress
according to the above steps.
Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include:
• Appears dazed
• Vacant facial expression
• Confused about assignment
• Forgets plays
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily or displays incoordination
• Answers questions slowly
• Slurred speech
• Shows behavior or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit
• Can’t recall events after hit
• Seizures or convulsions
• Any change in typical behavior or personality
• Loses consciousness
Adapted from the CDC and the 3rd international Conference on Concussion in Sport Document created 7/1/2011
What should I do if I think my child has suffered a
Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately.
No athlete should return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. IHSA Policy requires athletes to provide their school with written clearance from a licensed physician. You should also inform your child’s coach if you think that your child may have a concussion. Remember it’s better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete should sit out.
Further concerns should be addressed to Dr. Randy Cybulski and the staff of P.R.O. Rehab.
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