Concussion is a very serious injury. Most concussions resolve in 7-10 days, however, there are instances where the recovery takes longer than that. When an athlete is diagnosed with a concussion he/she is removed from all physical activity until he/she is symptom free. Once symptom free the athlete must see a physician and have a normal exam, complete a 4 day return to play progression, and have their Impact test back to baseline. All of this criteria must be met before the athlete can compete. All athletes diagnosed with a concussion must complete these steps before they can return to sports in the Woodridge School District.
Return To Play Progression
The return to play progression can only begin when the athlete is symptom free. The progression may vary slightly depending on the sport, however, it typically follows this pattern:
- Athlete reports symptom free for 24 hours. 20 minutes on stationary bike
- 20 Minutes on treadmill, followed by 15 minutes of sport specific drills
- Non-contact practice
- Full contact practice
Following the completion of day 4, if the athlete has been cleared by a physician and impact test is back to baseline he or she is cleared to compete. Please note that competition (game or scrimmage) cannot count as a day in the progression. Advancing to each step is dependent on no symptoms occurring during or after exercise. Impact testing will be administered during day 1 or 2 of the progression and then re-tested if needed.
Akron Children’s Sports Medicine offers Impact testing free of charge to its contracted schools. At the start of each sports season, all freshmen and juniors receive an Impact baseline test. If you would like a copy of your child’s Impact baseline please contact me and I will get it to you as soon as possible.
Below are some scientific articles about concussion. These articles are from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement on Concussion
- National Athletic Trainer’s Association Position Statement on Concussion
- NFHS Concussion Info