Step 4: Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. Prevent common long-term problems and the rare second impact syndrome by delaying the athlete's return to the activity until the player receives appropriate medical evaluation and approval for return to play. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Step 3: Inform the athlete's parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet concussion. Make sure they know that the athlete should been by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussion.
A Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.
(Source: US Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Next week, this blog will post a different step of the action plan that should be carried out when an athlete may have had a concussion. So check back next week for the step-by-step course on how to handle the situation. (source: US Department of Health and Human Services: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Jonathan Toews holds his face after hitting the ice after a hard foul by Vancouver's Wille Mitchell. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / October 21, 2009)
Chicago Tribune article, "Injury issue coming to head" features insight from NHL All-Star Keith Primeau on this seasons scary moments (including Blackhawks' young captain Jonathon Toews struggling to get to the bench). http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/chi-03-blackhawks-chicago-nov03,0,614229.story
"Dr. Robert C. Cantu, a neurosurgeon who is an expert on sports-related concussions, says every parent with a child who plays a contact or collision sport should have what is called the Graded Symptom Checklist..." Check out The New York Times article... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/health/25bside.html?_r=1
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This event attracted the likes of a number of former N.H.L. players, including Eric Lindros, Jeff Beukeboom, Pat LaFontaine, Alyn McCauley and Mark Moore, as well as the two-time Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Botterill of Canada, will be part of Saturday’sLondon Hockey Concussion Summit in London, Ontario.
With increasing numbers of concussions in hockey, the NHL begins to debate on how to punish headshots... Check out this article from www.canada.com http://www.canada.com/protect+players+should+head/1670195/story.html Example discussed in the article was this hit during Game 3 of the 2009 Western Conference finals...
Former NHL Stanley Cup winner has career cut short due to concussions. http://thehockeywriters.com/what-ever-happened-to-adam-deadmarsh/
Keith Primeau has decided to donate his brain to science in hopes to help others avoid the pain and troubles he has suffered from head injuries. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/04/02/primeau_concussions/
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Mike Smith has said, he played for about six weeks with concussion symptoms before telling the club, he likely did not do himself any favors. Read why!! http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/article975564.ece
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