. . . by the licensed health care professional
and anyone who works with students in activities that may pose a risk of concussion.
Whether you are the primary licensed health care professional or part of a team, commit to removing and referring injured athletes. "When in doubt, sit ’em out," as the CDC advises. Provide a reality check for all regarding long-term consequences. Make the case that:
- Playing with a concussion increases physical risk and risk for long-term consequences.
- Playing injured reduces odds of success for the team because the player is not up to his or her usual form.
- Participating while not up to par may actually hurt scholarship chances because the athlete is not playing to his or her potential.