The most important aspect of the management of concussion is recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. A person who has suffered a concussion may have one of the following or a combination of the following symptoms: headache, nausea, balancing problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish, feeling foggy, concentrations or memory problems, and confusion or 'out of it' feeling.
When an athlete is suspected of having a concussion they should be immediately removed from play for the remainder or the day and be evaluated by a healthcare professional experienced in diagnosing and managing concussions (for example a certified athletic trainer). Below are links to some helpful resources for parents and athletes regarding signs and symptoms along post-concussion instructions for home and school.
Center for Disease Control Fact Sheet for Athletes
Children's National Medical Center Instructions after a Concussion
No form of athletic equipment can fully prevent concussions. In order to help prevent concussions athletes should practice proper hitting techniques during every practice if they participate in a collision sport; practice safe play and good sportsmanship at all times, make sure that the protective equipment they are wearing is up to current safety standards and has no defects. They should also make sure to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion not only in themselves but in their teammates as well, and if they do think they may have suffered a concussion they should report it to their coach and seek proper medical attention from an appropriate healthcare provider. Remember the Center for Disease Control's saying when it comes to concussions: "Don't hide it. Report it. Take time to recover."
Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169
Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172
Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171
Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer
Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.