Recommendations for Young Athletes

We recommend that the young person be removed from play for evaluation by a healthcare provider that has experience and training in the area of concussion and concussion management. And so this is a change for individuals who may have believed that a concussion doesn't occur unless there's a loss of consciousness. And we know scientifically that concussions can occur without a loss of consciousness. So that's one of the new learnings for many of the coaches that do take a look at our toolkits and implement them at their schools. We have done a number of evaluations with coaching groups, and that was a new finding for many of them. In addition to our toolkits, we now offer professional education for coaches and trainers free of charge on our website.

Youth athletes need to be removed from play and evaluated by a TBI specialist after a hit to the head.

Marlena Wald

Marlena M. Wald, MPH, MLS is an epidemiologist in the Division of Injury Response in the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCIPC). Her areas of research include acute care, traumatic brain injury, and substance issues related to both of these topics.

Posted on BrainLine May 5, 2011.

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