The Injury Management Process before a concussion occurs, when it is suspected, and once it is diagnosed.

Designed by: Athletic Therapist Monique Charbonneau MSc RS, CAT(C), BHK, CEP

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With the start of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it’s important to realize that participation in team and solo sports presents a risk of injury to your child.

Gaining knowledge about the most common sports injuries helps in preparing for emergency situations. Here are three injuries to keep in mind.

Concussion
Despite the use of protective gear, impacts to the head area can cause a serious concussion to develop. It is important for your student to see a doctor after each injury to the head or neck. At the appointment, the doctor will review your child’s health history forms and perform a thorough evaluation of the injuries to create an appropriate treatment plan.

Dislocation
Dislocation of the joint can occur when your student suffers a sprain to the ankle, knees, wrists, elbows or shoulders. The dislocated joint may quickly pop back into place or require manipulation by an orthopedic surgeon. Until the joint returns to its natural position, your child’s pain levels will remain quite high. Athletic trainers and emergency physicians must quickly evaluate the injury and take your child’s medical history into account to determine the best course of action.

Fracture
Fractures may occur from collisions between players or just after stepping wrong on the field. A fractured bone requires medical attention to return to its natural position and stay in place while healing. A thorough review of your child’s medical history gives the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and emergency physicians the information they need to proceed with treatment.

Whether your child plays in school or club sports, you may complete a secure health profile for your athlete and share emergency health information and/or medical health history information with the professionals attending to your injured athlete. Athletic programs throughout the US and Canada are using Privit Profile to have their athlete health information readily available, and improving their process for collecting and managing athlete health information.

Emergencies are never planned. Be prepared and have health information at your fingertips when you need it.

Focusing on improving the health and safety of athletes and individuals, PRIVIT® announced its support of Representatives Joyce Beatty’s and Ann Wagner’s proposed Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 3954) for developing best practices for sports-related and other concussions.

Introduced in January 2014 the bill addresses the need to establish a national system for tracking and managing incidences of sport-related concussions and the side effects on athletes and military personnel. In addition, the bill will develop information to educate the public on concussion awareness, treatment, and prevention.

“This legislation is about protecting our nation’s youth.  We can, and must, do better in coordinating research on the causes of concussive injuries and protecting the overall brain health of student athletes and military trainees. H.R. 3954 will ensure that those who suffer from brain injuries receive effective treatment and enable them to return to society and the sport or activity they love, as healthy and productive as possible,” stated Congresswoman Beatty.

“With the number of sport related concussions and the long-term side effects impacting athletes and military personnel, we need to make an effort to change the ‘culture of resistance’ surrounding concussions,” stated Congressman Steve Stivers.

According to a 2013 report issued by The National Academies, entitled, “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, Improving the Science, Changing the Culture,” each year in the United States there are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related brain and concussive injuries. Studies have shown, during the recovery period, high school athletes exhibited memory impairment up to 21 days post-concussion (Field et al. 2003; McClincy et al. 2006; Covassin et al. 2010) while collegiate athletes demonstrated memory impairment up to 5 days post-concussion (Macciocchi et al. 1996; Field et al. 2003).

“As of January 2014, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, have adopted return to play legislation for concussed athletes participating in youth sports. We are proud to support Congresswoman Beatty and Congressman Stivers on H.R. 3954 for developing best practices for concussions, regardless of which state you play,” said Jeff Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT®.