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Concussion Management Program

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully, but for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or even months. Older adults and children usually take longer to recover from concussions, as well as people who have had concussions in the past. These groups of people may also have more severe symptoms such as increased headache, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), feeling exhausted or slowed down, difficulty concentrating, balance problems, and sensitivity to light and noise and/or vision problems.

If you or someone you know thinks you have experienced a concussion, you should notify your athletic trainer immediately so you can be evaluated. If you do have a concussion, you should not return to play until you are cleared by a doctor and have completed the return to play progression with your athletic trainer.

It is very important to rest after sustaining a concussion because your brain needs time to heal. Athletes should never try to “play through” a concussion as this will only make symptoms worse, and will probably increase recovery time. This information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Gfellar-Waller TBI Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Concussion information forms are included in this folder for parents and teachers of Robeson County High School athletes. The information is provided by the UNC Health Southeastern Athletic Trainers to educate and communicate with all those involved in the treatment and recovery of our athletes who experience concussions. Thank you for your support and cooperation in helping ensure that our athletes have a safe return to play after experiencing concussion and other injuries.

Downloadable Forms

Description Form
Concussions Form for Teachers Teacher Form [PDF]
Concussions Form for Nurses Nurse Form [PDF]
Concussions Form for Home Instructors Home Form [PDF]
Concussions Form for Athletes Athletes Form [PDF]

What are the signs and symptoms of concussion?

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignments or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms reported by the athlete

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”

Danger Signs

  • Headache that gets worse
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Having one pupil larger than the other
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Increasing confusion, restlessness or agitation

*An individual with any of these symptoms should be immediately taken to an emergency room or call 911*

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