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
- Appears dazed or stunned.
- Confused about assignment or position.
- Forgets an instruction.
- Unsure of game, score or opponent.
- Moves clumsily.
- Answers questions slowly.
- Loses consciousness (even briefly).
- Shows mood, behavior or personality changes.
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall.
- 10. Can’t recall events after hit or fall.
10 Symptoms of a Concussion as Reported by the Athlete
- Headache or pressure in head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Double or blurry vision.
- Sensitivity to light or noise.
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy.
- Concentration or memory problems.
- Does not “feel right.”
- 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:
- Return to school and/or daily non-athletic activities.
- Begin aerobic exercise.
- Sport-specific training/catching and throwing.
- Non-contact drills/line drills.
- Controlled full contact activity/scrimmage.
- 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.