New recommendations for dealing with concussions in sports
(ABC News/ WSYR-TV) – There are new guidelines on how to deal with head injuries in sports.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests new rules for playing it safe.
Upon showing any sign of a concussion, a player:
- Should be evaluated by a doctor or other health care professional on site.
- If no health care professional is present, the player should be removed from play or practice, and given prompt medical attention.
- The player should not be left alone and should be monitored in the hours after injury.
- A player diagnosed with a concussion should not be allowed to return to play the same day.
After that, the player should return gradually to school and social activities, before resuming contact sports.
The experts say a player should be symptom-free for about a week before taking the field again.
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