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Concussion Program :: What Physicians Need to Know
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As of February 2012, 31 of 50 states have adopted youth concussion laws. In California, Assembly Bill 25, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Bylaw 313 and the NCAA require the student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day.

A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion. The student-athlete must receive written clearance to return to play from that healthcare provider.
 

A Conservative Course
Concussion is a common medical problem with significant morbidity and sometimes devastating consequences.  Awareness of this injury has increased dramatically in recent years, and our understanding of its pathophysiology and treatment is rapidly evolving.  Concussions in student-athletes is a trend of growing concern among medical and educational professionals, as well as parents, and also the focus of a new California legislation regarding risks of re-injury and medical clearance to return to play.
 
Newer guidelines show that kids and adolescents should be managed much more conservatively than adults when it comes to concussion, so a children's hospital is where young athletes are best treated.
 
The Importance of Primary Care
Primary care physicians play a key role in identifying, diagnosing, and managing concussions. Physicians can also dramatically improve outcomes for teen athletes with suspected concussions by implementing early management and appropriate referral.  Learn more about management of concussions in a primary care setting.
 
We Can Help Manage Complicated Concussions
At CHOC Children’s, we offer clinical expertise in identifying and treating sports-related concussions in children and young adults. Our concussion clinical team works quickly and efficiently to provide rapid assessment, while offering a comprehensive approach to care. We stay in close contact with referring physicians, assisting them with monitoring patients’ progress and safe return to play.
 
Based on the initial assesment done by one of our physicians or neuropsychologists; the student athlete may be seen in the CHOC Children’s Multi-Disciplinary Sports Concussion Clinic.
 
The concussion team addresses the multiple needs associated with a brain injury while mitigating the potential long-term effects.  This unique, comprehensive program brings together specialists from a variety of disciplines and helps children and families through every step of the recovery process – from the management of neurological symptoms to addressing school and social issues.
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