With local students starting back to school this week athletic directors, coaches and many youth athletes have been getting ready for fall sports. This year, school departments are required to implement a number of guidelines and procedures regarding sports concussions in compliance with new laws passed in the spring.
The MUSC Sports Medicine and Neurology teams are working together to help get information out for coaches, parents and athletes on sports concussions and best practices for treatment. They have developed a number of resources that are available online for you to download including Return-to-Play guidelines and signs and symptoms of a sports concussion to watch for.
Concussive symptoms can vary from one athlete to another. Most occur without loss of consciousness and some athletes may have a delay in concussive symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms are below.
|Nausea||Mental fog||Personality changes|
|Poor concentration||Loss of consciousness||Confusion|
|Sleep changes||Unsteady gait||Depression|
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that any athlete who is suspected to have suffered a concussion should be removed from participation until he or she is evaluated by a physician with training in the evaluation and management of sports concussions
MUSC is launching a new walk-in Sports Injury Clinic starting August 24th at the MUSC Health East Cooper Building from 9:00 am – 12 Noon. Youth and adult athletes that need evaluation and treatment for a new sports related injury including a sports concussion are encouraged to come get checked out.
Youth athletes (17 years and under) can also be evaluated at The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina at MUSC After Hours clinics in Mt. Pleasant and North Charleston. After Hours are open Monday through Friday from 4pm – 10pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 12 Noon to 7 p.m.