When it comes to concussion management, Richard Okragly MD, Director of the Bethesda Family Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, stresses if there's one thing to do post-concussion, it's this: Stay on the sidelines until you're asymptomatic.
The Issue: Identifying Concussions is Tricky
Per Ohio's Concussion Law, public and private schools and youth sports organizations are required to educate coaches, parents, and students on the signs and symptoms of concussions. "It's challenging diagnosing a child or patient with a concussion, based on the vagueness of the symptoms. We are probably erring on the side of caution, as we should, especially with our younger, grade-school athletes," Dr. Okragly explains.