If you suspect that you have a concussion or if you have any of the above described symptoms, do not return to your sport until you have had a proper medical evaluation and a period of rest before clearance to return. Do not ignore the symptoms of a concussion as they could be the signs of a more serious brain injury and returning to play too soon may result in worsening of the concussion symptoms.
To help prevent against more serious head injuries, always wear appropriate protective gear during sports such as an approved and appropriately fitted helmet.
After a concussion, it is important to have a friend or family member with you at home. It is important to have a period of both cognitive rest, meaning resting your brain from activities such as computer or mobile device use, multitasking and school work, as well as a period of physical rest from vigorous exercise and sports. Do not drink alcohol or drive after a concussion.
It is ok to take over the counter pain medications such as Panadol for symptoms. However, it is best to avoid NSAID’s or anti-inflammatory medications after any head injury due to the theoretical increased risk of bleeding.
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