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Team Doctors FOR 









Concussion guidelines


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.






Zero Tolerance


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

exertion/exercise components.

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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