IBJI Concussion Safety Tips

 

While risk of injury, including concussion, may never be completely eliminated from youth sports, there are proactive measures that may be taken to help reduce head injury risks, including the following:

• Concussions and head injuries should be taken seriously.

• One of the most important concussion safety measures in being knowledgeable of concussion signs/symptoms and capable of recognizing injury.

 

POTENTIAL SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSION:

 

Headache

Nausea Dizziness Visual Problems

Balance Problems

Fatigue Nervousness Drowsiness

Difficulty remembering

Sleeping more than usual Vomiting Lethargy

Trouble falling asleep

Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to noise Numbness/tingling

Sleeping less than usual

Difficulty with/slurred speech Loss of consciousness Feeling slowed down

Irritability

Difficulty concentrating Unequal/dilated pupils Sadness

Feeling more emotional

Feeling mentally foggy Confusion Amnesia

 

• If there is any suspicion that an athlete may have sustained a head injury or concussion, he or she should be immediately removed from play. Remember "when in doubt, sit it out."

• Athletes should wear appropriate and well-fitted equipment for their sport, but keep in mind that there is no equipment or gear currently available that will prevent a concussion.

• Players should be encouraged to use proper sporting techniques, as instructed by coaching staff.

• Athletes should also follow all rules and play with good sportsmanship.

• Lastly, athletes should feel comfortable reporting injury.

 

If you feel you/your child has suffered a concussion, the IBJI Concussion Team is available for post-injury evaluation and management. 

 

 

 

IBJI Concussion Specialists:

 
     
Dr. Andrew Hunt Dr. Rhutav Parikh Kelly Trainor APN, CPNP
847.247.4000 847.336.3335 773.327.5639
Grayslake, Libertyville Gurnee, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst Glenview, Highland Park,
    Logan Square, Morton Grove

 

For your information, the IbJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.

Page Last Updated 3/9/2017