|Children's Concussion Clinic|
About the Concussion Clinic
The Concussion Clinic at Children's of Alabama was established to provide evaluation, treatment and medical clearance for "return to play" for youth and teenage athletes in our community. The strength of the program lies in our interdisciplinary focus: skilled athletic trainers, nurses and physicians from the divisions of Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Neuropsychology, working together to optimize the management of children and adolescents who have suffered a concussion. Another important part of our mission involves working with the Alabama sports community to educate parents, trainers, coaches and athletic directors about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussion in young athletes.
The CDC estimates that as many as 3.8 million athletes suffer concussion every year in the United States. Sports with the highest rates of concussion include football and hockey, though significant numbers occur in other sports, including lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. The effect of these concussions on the developing and adolescent brain is unknown, but athletes who have had a single concussion are much more likely to suffer subsequent concussions. Younger athletes may also take longer than college and professional athletes to recover from concussion.
Return to Play
Athletes should not be returned to play the same day of injury. When returning athletes to play, they should follow a stepwise symptom-limited program, with stages of progression. for example:
Alabama State Law
The recently passed Alabama state law mandates that all athletes who have suffered concussion must be evaluated by a qualified physician before returning to play.
"Stay aHEAD of the curve!"
For questions about concussions or setting up an action plan at your school, please call: UAB Sports Medicine at Children's of Alabama - (205) 934-1041.