When is it Safe to Return to Play After a Concussion?

If a healthcare provider specially-trained in concussion assessment removes you from activity for a suspected concussion, you will be taken through a sideline evaluation to determine if you have sustained a concussion.   If you have been diagnosed wiht a concussion, you will not be allowed to return to play that day.

 

As your brain is healing, you will be taken through a GRADUAL return to activity process supervised by a physical therapist who has specialized in the assessment and treatment of concussions. 

This GRADUAL return to activity process includes:

  • Symptom-limited activity
  • Light aerobic exercise
  • Sport-specific exercise
  • Non-contact training drills
  • Full contract practice
  • Return to activity

In order to return to activity, you must be:

  • Symptom Free:
    • At rest
    • With cognitive exertion
    • With physical exertion
    • Without any recovery medication
  • Within normal limits on:
    • Balance (BESS Test- administered by a physical therapist)
    • Vestibular Ocular Screening (VOMS - administered by a physical therapist)
  • Back to (or better than) baseline on neurocognitive testing scores

 

ABSENCE OF CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS (OR REPORTS OF "I FEEL FINE) DOES NOT MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL IS READY TO RETURN TO ACTIVITY!!!!! 

 

PLEASE PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM FURTHER INJURY!

MAKE SURE THEY ARE ASSESSED AND PROGRESSED BY A PROVIDER WHO IS SPECIALIZED IN THE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF CONCUSSIONS!