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Lacrosse Concussion Management Infographic

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Did you know that concussions are among the five most frequent injuries for both boys and girls lacrosse players? U.S. Lacrosse, a leader in the study and improvement of health in lacrosse, encourages teams, leagues and clubs to have a documented concussion plan that is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Learn more in their new infographic below…

Concussion Fast Facts

    • Boys have a 50% greater risk of concussion than girls.
    • Concussion education materials should be shared with parents, athletes and coaches.
    • A concussion plan should include education, signs and symptoms for removal from play, and return to school / return to play guidelines.

10 Signs of a Concussion as Observed by Others

  1. Appears dazed or stunned.
  2. Confused about assignment or position.
  3. Forgets an instruction.
  4. Unsure of game, score or opponent.
  5. Moves clumsily.
  6. Answers questions slowly.
  7. Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  8. Shows mood, behavior or personality changes.
  9. Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall.
  10. 10. Can’t recall events after hit or fall.

10 Symptoms of a Concussion as Reported by the Athlete

  1. Headache or pressure in head.
  2. Nausea or vomiting.
  3. Balance problems or dizziness.
  4. Double or blurry vision.
  5. Sensitivity to light or noise.
  6. Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy.
  7. Concentration or memory problems.
  8. Confusion.
  9. Does not “feel right.”
  10. 10. Is “feeling down.”

Return to School & Return to Play Guidelines

A graduated return to activity should be used after getting clearance from a qualified healthcare professional. Support from school for classes, exams and schoolwork is important. The return-to-play and return-to-school progression has seven steps:

  1. Rest.
  2. Return to school and/or daily non-athletic activities.
  3. Begin aerobic exercise.
  4. Sport-specific training/catching and throwing.
  5. Non-contact drills/line drills.
  6. Controlled full contact activity/scrimmage.
  7. Full return to play and game competition.

View the full infographic below to learn more…

Concussions are serious injuries, and players, parents and coaches should take every precaution before approving a return-to-play. For additional concussion resources, view the following Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Blog posts:

Lacrosse Concussion? See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor.

For concussion care and other lacrosse sports injury treatments, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. Call (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.