Loyola Blakefield and the medical team, coaches, teachers, and administrators all take possible concussions seriously and our primary goal is for a quick and safe recovery for your child. Academics will come first, and hopefully a return to athletic involvement. If you or your son suspects he has suffered a concussion, please contact the athletic trainer as soon as possible to develop the best management approach. We participate in XLNTbrain
, a nationally recognized Concussion Management Program. All upper school contact sport athletes will have a baseline assessment prior to the season beginning.What is a concussion?
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that produces shaking of the brain inside the skull, resulting in mild to severe disruption in the way the brain normally works. A variety of types of symptoms may occur affecting their cognitive, physical, or emotional functioning. Contrary to popular belief the athlete does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. Symptoms vary from athlete to athlete and case to case. Some symptoms may last only minutes or hours while others could be days, weeks or months. An athlete with a suspected concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) should be evaluated by a trained medical profession as soon as possible. – SCORE ProgramWhy is it important to evaluate a concussion?
We want to appropriately evaluate the injury to ensure a safe recovery and minimize risk for further injury and treatment.
Many symptoms are observed, but others can be difficult to identify (mood swings, focus, concentration, processing speed, etc.). Your son may appear normal at rest but symptoms may reoccur with certain stimuli like physical, cognitive or emotional stress. Concussion evaluation helps to:
• Objectively identify specific problem areas
• Determine timing of safe resuming of play
• Provide information to PCP, coaches and school personnel
• Reduce the risk of further injury through daily monitoring
We are fortunate to be part of a great team. In many cases a suspected concussion can be handled in-house with our athletic trainer, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow, and team physician. If further clinical evaluation is recommended or necessary we have a referral network with some great Pediatric Neurologists.