Concussion care guidelines
- Rest until all symptoms have resolved.
- See physician prior to returning to any athletic participation.
- If baseline testing has been done, post-injury testing must be within range of baseline.
- Once all signs and symptoms have resolved must complete a step-wise return to play protocol.
|Headaches||Sensitivity to light||Feeling mentally foggy||Irritability||Drowsiness|
|Nausea||Sensitivity to noise||Problems concentrating||Sadness||Sleeping more than usual|
|Fatigue||Numbness/Tingling||Problems remembering||Feeling more emotional||Sleeping less than usual|
|Visual problems||Vomiting||Feeling more slowed down||Nervousness/anxiety||Trouble falling/staying asleep|
Post-concussion care guidelines:
- Rest is the key to quick recovery. You should NOT participate in any high risk activities (i.e., sports, PE, bike riding, hunting, etc.) that place you at risk for re-injury. Limit social outings, errands, and other recreational activity. Sometimes it is necessary to take time off of school and work.
- Limit activities that require thinking or concentration. This includes schoolwork, tests, and homework, as well as job-related activity. Your concussion care team or primary care physician can help with academic accommodations.
- Minimize screen time. Limit TV, movies, video games, computer use, or texting, until instructed by your concussion care team.
- Get lots of sleep. No late nights. Keep a normal bedtime on weekdays and weekends. Take naps and rest breaks when you feel tired and fatigued.
- Drink fluids and eat regularly. Eat carbohydrates and protein and stay hydrated.
- Inform the school about the injury and symptoms. The school should be aware of the concussion and provide recommended accommodations, as directed by your concussion care team. If you are a middle school or high school athlete you must inform the school nurse and/or high school athletic training staff of your injury.
- Immediately STOP any activity that makes your symptoms worse. Ignoring symptoms can prolong recovery time. Slowly and carefully return to normal activities, as directed by your concussion care team and/or athletic training staff.