If you or you child receive a bump or blow to the face or head, it’s often difficult to know what to do in the hours and days following.
Concussion trained Osteopath Cliff Butler discusses the most appropriate course of action:
After a bump or blow to the face or head the player should be removed from the field of play. A concussion screen such as headacheck should be performed by the sports trainer.
Many clubs are performing baseline testing (using SCAT 5 or ImPACT) to compare pre and post injury results and more reliably diagnose concussion pitch side.
The absence of a baseline test or medical professional makes concussion diagnosis difficult and if in doubt sit the player out.
It is important to seek further medical advice from a GP or emergency department if any of the following symptoms are present:
In the absence of these symptoms you may wish to seek the advice of a concussion trained allied health practitioner to confirm the diagnosis of concussion.
It’s important following a concussion to rest from physical activity for 24 – 48 hours (this may vary). You do not need to sit in a dark room or avoid sleep. However you should:
As your symptoms of concussion subside you can gradually return to activity, (within the limitations of your symptoms). See the infographic below for more detail on rerun to play.
Many sporting clubs require a clearance from a trained health professional prior to return to contact training or games.
It’s important to remember that in 70-80% of concussions, most symptoms will resolve within 1 month.
However we suggest that if your symptoms aren’t improving after two weeks then you should consult with a concussion trained health professional.
We can help you manage your symptoms such as:
We can also help speed up recovery and decrease the likelihood of ongoing issues, whilst providing advice on safe return to sport/work.