Concussion management

Join us at the UTA Concussion Summit

March 9 and 10 in Arlington, Texas. Please view our brochure for more information. We hope to see you there.

Concussion Symptoms

Athletes report many different concussion symptoms and sometimes don't experience symptoms for hours or days. Reported symptoms include: confusion, forgetting instructions, complaining that lights or too bright or that they can't concentrate. Visit our Concussion Symptoms page for more information.

More Information

Get the data you need to make the best possible objective decisions. Click here to receive additional information on concussion assessment or to visit with a team member.

Return To Play Guidelines

This is one of the most important decisions your healthcare provider will make.  Returning to play before your child's brain has completely healed can lead to catastrophic injuries, and in rare cases, even death.  Second-impact syndrome, which is usually fatal, can occur in young athletes who suffered a previous concussion (days or weeks before the second injury).  It is an uncontrolled swelling of the brain that requires life-saving, immediate surgery.  It is the reason many states have enacted concussion laws over the last several years, as it is preventable.

Additionally, returning to play too soon can prolong recovery.  Athletes who have suffered multiple concussions can experience long-term symptoms such as dizziness, anxiety, or headaches that last for months or years.
Concussion recovery is as unique and individual as the athlete who suffers the injury.  No one can predict when a concussion will heal, or when all physical and/or cognitive symptoms will resolve. Research shows that adolescents and children take longer to recover than adults. Three main issues should be addressed by a medical provider when considering recovery:

• recovery from symptoms
• recovery of brain function
• recovery of balance and motor tasks

Most concussions heal within a few days to a few weeks.  This means that symptoms have completely resolved and do not return while executing the gradual return to play process recommended by the Zurich panel of international concussion experts. Make sure a medical professional trained in the diagnosis and recovery of concussion performs a complete assessment before returning to play.

After all physical, cognitive, and balance symptoms have disappeared, it's very important to increase physical exertion gradually.  Successfully completing the gradual return-to-play protocol developed by a panel of international experts will help guide an athlete's recovery. If symptoms return during this process, then more healing time is required.