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Concussion treatment for athletes

Athletes playing team sports in Illinois are at risk for suffering from a concussion during games and practices. According to the American Academy of Neurology, sports concussions are most common in football and rugby, and they are also prevalent among hockey and soccer players. After sustaining a head injury, it is important for an athlete to follow the concussion management guidelines that are outlined by the AAN.

The AAN recommends that athletes who suffer from a head injury be immediately removed from play. Before returning to play, the athlete's injury must be evaluated by a health care professional who is able to detect concussions. A player who has even a mild concussion should not be allowed to return to athletic activity for the rest of day. The player should further abstain from sports and physical activity until there are no more concussion symptoms present.

In addition to physical rest, the AAN recommends that people who have suffered from a concussion enjoy cognitive rest as well. While recovering from a concussion, it is recommended that an athlete receive ongoing neuropsychological testing. One of the reasons that it is crucial to properly manage a concussion is that a person who has suffered from an initial concussion has an elevated risk of sustaining a second one.

If a team physician fails to properly diagnose an athlete who has suffered from a concussion during a game, the athlete could go on to sustain a serious neurological disorder. A person who has suffered from this type of injury might want to get the advice of legal counsel regarding a possible medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney can conduct an investigation in order to determine all of the parties who are responsible.

Source: Medscape, "Concussion Treatment & Management", David T. Bernhardt, Dec. 8, 2014

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