Concussion in Sport Australia

Concussion in Sport Australia


Concussion is a mild form of traumatic
brain injury that results in transient impairment of neurological function. It
usually results from a blow or knock to the head but it’s important for
everybody to understand that concussion can occur from a knock or a blow to
anywhere in the body where that force is transmitted to the head. So whether
you’re a player, a teammate, a parent, a coach or a sporting team official when
it comes to concussion if in doubt sit it out. So if there’s any suspicion that
someone has suffered a concussion if any symptoms lead you in that direction then
they shouldn’t be on the field of play for the rest of that day and they should
be assessed by a doctor at the soonest opportunity. Symptoms of concussion can be subtle and variable so not everyone will get all the symptoms but things
like headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, balance problems, so difficulty
walking or maintaining balance, not feeling right, feeling a bit foggy or
slowed down, difficulty concentrating, behavioral changes or emotional ability
that’s not in the person’s normal behavior. For these subtle concussions
it’s not necessarily the medical practitioners who will pick up the signs
but people who know them well like their teammates, coaches, parents, school teachers or friends. The concussion in sport position
statement is a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport, the AMA,
the Australasian College of sport and exercise physicians and Sports Medicine
Australia. So the statement contains advice around recognition of concussion,
around the advice that you give to athletes or to kids when they’ve been
concussed and also then referral networks about who they should then see
to get medical clearance to get back to returning to play. The Australian Medical
Association firmly believes that information and health literacy about all
conditions is extremely important. The concussion in sport website is a
trusted and evidence backed resource available to the community as a whole
but especially to patients, sports teachers, sports instructors and worried
parents of children involved in a concussive episode. Bringing these
organisations together, as part of the concussion in sport initiative, gives all
Australians confidence and clarity when it comes to the important issue of
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