No head injury should be considered insignificant. Like many organizations, PJPII has created a policy intended to keep our student-athletes safe. This policy is based on best practices within the state of PA and national standards.
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as be informed of the possible risks and complications.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury, which causes a chemical imbalance within the brain.
How do concussions occur?
Concussions can be caused by a blow to the head, or a twisting of the head and neck.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
Headache, dizziness, loss on consciousness, nausea, visual disturbances, drowsiness, memory loss or confusion, sensitivity to light and noise, lack of concentration, feeling mentally foggy, changes in normal disposition, sleeping more or less and usual. A student-athlete with a suspected concussion should be seen immediately by an appropriate medical professional (MD, DO) trained in the recognition and diagnosis of concussions.
What are the possible risks and complications?
Second Impact Syndrome- when an athlete returns to play before completely recovered from previous concussion and receives another concussion. This condition may result in a rapid onset symptoms that can be life threatening.
Post Concussion Syndrome- the persistence of symptoms that can last for weeks or months. Symptoms most often seen are headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory impairment, dizziness, visual problems, and changes in disposition.