Hard hits : sports-related concussions, the role of certified athletic trainers, and current concussion policy : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
Recently, there has been media attention on the occurrence and severity of concussions in sports and the long-term effects that they have. A. concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be suffered after sustaining a direct blow. This injury can lead to serious complications,including second impact syndrome. The presence of an athletic trainer to assess and manage these types of injuries is imperative at every level of competition. The National Athletic Trainers' Association has released a position statement on the management of sport-related concussions. It is of the utmost importance that athletic trainers and other health care professionals are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of this injury and be able to manage it. It is also important to have a concussion policy in place.