News Release: New Tip Card on Concussion Education in the Student-Athlete’s Neighborhood for Athletic staff and Educators

News Release

May 7, 2012

Youngsville, NC: Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Inc. introduces a new tip card on concussion: Concussion Education in the Student-Athlete’s Neighborhood.  This tip card helps:

  • physicians examine and treat athletes
  • parents understand changes at home
  • friends be aware of concussion symptoms
  • educators make classroom adjustments
  • school nurses oversee school programs
  • coaches recognize and refer, and
  • athletic trainers assess and monitor the student-athlete.

A concussion is a head injury, although the more accurate description is a brain injury, since the brain has been traumatized. A sports concussion certainly falls into this category. The most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • persistent headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • depression
Concussion is a risk in sports for girls and boys.

Concussion is a risk in sports for girls and boys.

Even though the athlete may look fine, one cannot assume that he is okay. Athletic trainer and author Phil Hossler says, “There is no such thing as a ‘minor’ concussion. Sometimes there is a brief loss of consciousness for seconds or minutes. However, there is no loss of consciousness in 90% of concussions. Younger people have more immature, still developing brains and therefore may have more serious and longer lasting concussions than adults.”

After a student-athlete has received a head injury or a blow to the body, no physical or emotional changes should be taken lightly. “When can I play again?” is the biggest question from the student-athlete’s point of view. This tip card gives safety guidelines for parents, coaches and trainers. The majority of state laws require a physician’s approval before any student-athlete returns to play following a concussion.

It is important that everyone in the student-athlete’s neighborhood – parents, physicians, educators, athletic trainers, coaches, school nurses and friends – all keep a watchful eye on the injured athlete. Each and every one plays an integral part in recognizing the student-athlete’s injury and helping in the recovery. The more that’s known about a concussion, the safer the athlete.

About the author

Phil Hossler, MS, ATC is the certified athletic trainer at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey and has authored 3 texts for high school athletic trainers, parents and athletes. His most recent publications on concussion and school sports are Getting A-Head of Concussion: Educating the student athlete’s neighborhood  and Concussion Policy: A construction guide for schools.  He has also developed a Player’s Contract with the Team Poster to encourage student athletes to promptly report concussion symptoms. Mr. Hossler has had 30 articles published in various professional, coaching and teaching magazines. He has written for, been featured in or been interviewed for over 85 magazine, newspaper, radio and television outlets on topics related to high school athletic health.

Phil Hossler is a member of four halls of fame, including the New Jersey Athletic Trainers’ Society, New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

 

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