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Athletic organizations, trainers, and coaches need to recognize and respond to a suspected concussion, and then facilitate treatment if one of their athletes is injured. It is important that all adults in a young athlete’s life support full recovery.

We define full recovery as:
  • No active post-concussive symptoms (physical and cognitive) at rest or with exertion
  • Neurocognitive functioning is back to pre-injury baseline level
  • No problems with balance or coordination
  • No other associated medical or neurological complications

Facts
  • All concussions are serious
  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
  • Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury
  • When in doubt, sit them out



The risk of incomplete recovery:
Premature return to overexertion (physical and cognitive) can mean a prolonged recovery and even increased likelihood of re-injury. A child or teen who returns to practice or play when he or she still has symptoms is at significant risk for a more severe or potentially catastrophic injury. Please consult with medical staff about any child or teen’s readiness to return to the game.

Easing the young athlete back into practice and play:
Only when an athlete’s symptoms are gone, and in consultation with their healthcare professional, should he or she slowly and gradually return to sports practice, following a Progressive Activity Program. When available, be sure to work closely with the team’s certified athletic trainer.

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What Children’s National offers:

The Children’s National SCORE program partners with coaches across the DC/Maryland/Virginia region – and beyond – to support them in recognizing and responding to concussions in their players. If you are interested in learning about concussion education, baseline testing, or further consultation please contact us.

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