Concussion is a term used to describe mild traumatic brain injuries that occur when linear and / or rotational forces are transmitted to the brain usually from a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body resulting in transmitted forces to the head. On suspecting a concussion, individuals should be removed from activity immediately and should use the phrase ‘if in doubt, sit them out’.
Concussion typically results in short-lived impairment in function which usually resolves spontaneously, with typical symptoms including headaches, don’t feel right, pressure in the head just to name a few. A full list of the 22 concussion symptoms can be found on the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 5) which has been developed by the Concussion in sport group.
The SCAT 5 is a standardised tool used by medical professionals to evaluate people aged 13 years and over who have experienced a concussion; children aged 12 years and under will utilise the Child SCAT 5 assessment tool.
Under the supervision of healthcare professionals, the individual will be safely progressed through a graduated return to activity with regular assessment of their symptoms and psychometric and cognitive testing. For a non-professional athlete, the fastest an adult can return is 19 days, whilst 19 years of age and under is 23 days to complete the graduated return to activity protocol.
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