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Back to School Student- Athlete Concussion Awareness & Headache Symptoms in Woodbridge, VA

Posted Sep 06 2011 10:12am

Finally, it’s finally agreed upon…in Virginia there is no such thing as a minor concussion. The Student-Athlete Protection Act (SB 652), Virginia’s concussion law, passed unanimously by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell on April 11, 2010.

So why does this matter? Specific guidelines now “ensure that student-athletes who sustain concussions are properly diagnosed” and are given adequate time to heal. This protocol is necessary for athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors, physical education teachers, as well as parents to know and practice. Most importantly: a concussion should never be trivialized or ignored.  Even for the trained professional, a concussion can still be difficult to diagnose. For full details: VA Board of Education Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes.

Great news for student athletes in Prince William County, concussion training is now mandatory. Before allowing students to try-out or practice, they’re taught by certified athletic trainers how to recognize signs and symptoms as well as recovery from a concussion. In his article Concussion training now mandatory for PWCS athletes,  James Ivancic interviews area trainers and notes that parents want to know what symptoms to look for.

There are many indicators of concussions. If you suspect someone has been concussed, look for any one or any combination of the following signs and symptoms: thinking deficits, lack of sustained attention, a confused mental status, amnesia, dazed  look or a vacant stare, a slurred or incoherent speech, vomiting and/or nausea, slow motor and verbal responses, emotional liability, memory deficits, poor  coordination, dizziness, headaches,  restlessness hyperesthesia’s / neurasthenia.  Late concussion symptoms  (which could be days or even weeks later) include: persistent low-grade  headache, light-headedness, poor attention and concentration, memory  dysfunction, easy fatigue ability, irritability and low frustration tolerance,  Intolerance of bright lights and/or  difficulty focusing vision, intolerance of loud noises– tinnitus, anxiety  and/or depressed mood and sleep  disturbances. For more examples: http://www.sportsconcussions.org/concussion-basics.html . And always remember  that if someone has not been
rendered as unconscious it doesn’t mean that they have not been  concussed.

Fox 5 News, Beth Parker, reiterates the  importance of Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions in this broadcast: http://bit.ly/r0MV2F

For other sports related questions feel free to  contact Dr.  Carmelo F. Caratozzolo , 703-491-9355, www.actwellness.com .
Dr. “C” is a Certified Chiropractic  Sports Physician ( CCSP ). His office address:  ACT Wellness Center, 2894 Garber Way, Woodbridge, VA.


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