Concussion Quick Facts
- After a hit to the head:
- IMMEDIATELY stop playing, working, or practicing
- DO NOT return to activity the same day with a concussion
- Athletes DO NOT have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion.
- CT Scans do not diagnose concussions.
- It is OK to let someone fall asleep after being hit in the head.
- Healing from a concussion takes time. It may take days, weeks, or even months.
- 9 out of 10 athletes will be back to normal within two weeks. They may miss a few games.
- Kansas law requires a Doctor’s signature (MD or DO) to “Return To Play”.
- Athletes who return to full contact with symptoms risk, Second Impact Syndrome. A rare but serious brain injury that can be fatal or result in death.
- Concussions can affect driving, school work, sleep, emotions, relationships, and self-worth.
- The “game plan” is not just about returning an athlete to his/her sport. It is about returning them safely to their normal life.
- Centers Disease Control and Prevention: HEADS UP
- Kansas State High School Activities Association
- Kansas Sports Concussion Partnership
- American Academy of Neurological Surgeons