What To Do After A Concussion

Signs To Watch For

Problems could arise over the first 24-48 hours. The athlete should not be left alone and must go to the hospital at once if they:
  • Have a headache that gets worse
  • Are very drowsy or can't be awakened
  • Can't recognize people or places
  • Have repeated vomiting
  • Behave unusually or seem confused; are very irritable
  • Have seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Have weak or numb arms or legs
  • Are unsteady on their feet; have slurred speech
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Recovery

First and foremost, recovering from a concussion requires rest, both physical and cognitive. The CDC provides tips for feeling better after a concussion:
Recovery Tips For Adults
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Recovery Tips For Children
Parents and caregivers of children who have had a concussion can help them recover by taking an active role in their recovery:
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Recovery For Students: Return To Learn

The primary job of a youth athlete is to attend school. Removal from school work and its demands until symptoms improve is an essential aspect of cognitive rest.

Learn more about Return-to-Learn.
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Graduated Return To Play Protocol

The athlete should be asymptomatic at each stage for at least 24 hours. If symptoms recur, the athlete should rest until symptoms resolve and then resume at the previous asymptomatic stage. Medical clearance should be given before the athlete returns to play.
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