Whether you’re dealing with an All-American lineman or a light and limber gymnast, there is no one-size-fits-all golden rule in place to ensure a perfect recovery from a concussion.
However, as athletes, coaches and parents alike are becoming more aware of the long-term risks and severity of mistreated concussions, policies have been popping up across the United States to help everyone take a more proactive approach in dealing with head injuries.
Most policies at the high school and collegiate level, according to an article in the Carroll County Times (Md.), require some sort of baseline test, such as the ImPACT test, to serve as a reference for the brain’s neurological and physiological recovery.
Additionally, nearly all policies include directions to immediately remove the athlete from competition if head injury is suspected or symptoms are displayed.
Again, most policies then state that the injured athlete must first see an authorized health-care professional for assessment and receive their clearance before starting back up.
Some go on to outline step-by-step procedures for returning athletes to play, such as light activity the first day after medical clearance, followed by a gradual increase in activity until full contact can resume.
While every policy has slight differences, it is reassuring to see a growing trend in the way schools across the country are dealing with concussions. While no two concussions can ever be treated the same, policies such as these are serving as a great example to coaches, physicians and the like everywhere.
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