Concussion Management

A concussion results from an injury to the brain caused by a blow or hit to the head.  It will result in a loss of some form of brain function.

Prevention:
  • Proper education about concussion management
  • Cognitive Baseline Testing (SAC Testing)
  • Properly fitting equipment such as helmets and safety features like seat belts
  • Proper conditioning and training
  • Proper instruction on techniques related to tackling and contact activities
Some Signs and Symptoms of Concussion May Include:
  • Confusion               
  • Amnesia                   
  • Headache
  • Dizziness                
  • Ringing in the Ears  
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred Speech       
  • Fatigue                    
  • Vision Difficulties
Other symptoms may not arise until several hours after incident.

Treatment: Rest with continued observation. If you experienced loss of consciousness or symptoms worsen seek immediate medical attention. An athlete can return to physical activity or athletic competition only after being evaluated by a trained medical professional, such as an athletic trainer or a licensed medical provider. More severe and long standing symptoms may require further diagnostic evaluation, such as a MRI or CT scan.

Considerations: Concussions can have long terms effects, particularly in those that return too early to activity after an injury. A longstanding history of head injury can result in a discontinuation of sports participation. 

Individuals participating in New Balance Student Recreational contact sports are required to complete a Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) Baseline Testing every two years. This baseline can be used by the certified athletic trainer to determine the severity of a head injury. The athletic trainer can also assist with return to sport guidelines for club and intramural participants.

To complete your SAC baseline test or seek concussion management, please contact:
Brianna Woodworth, MS, ATC, EMTB at Brianna.Woodworth@maine.edu or by calling 207-581-4018