Earlier this year Governor Nathan Deal signed a youth concussion bill that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The new law mandates that if a young athlete is suspected as having a concussion he or she will not be allowed to return to their sport until cleared by a healthcare professional.
If not treated appropriately and released, the young athlete can be at a higher risk for more concussions. Multiple concussions can have a negative, long term effect on the brain by impairing memory and processing new information.
Schools can prepare for this change by educating teachers, students and coaches on the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Symptoms of Concussion Include
- Stiff neck
- Blurred vision
- Personality changes
- Difficulty walking, speaking or using their arms
- Severe headache
- Vomiting over and over
- Confusion that does not get better
- Unusual sleepiness
Other important facts:
- Over 50 percent of the youth concussions occur in football.
- Approximately 10 percent of all high school age athletes will suffer from a concussion as a result of their sport in a typical year.
- Only 10 percent of patients who suffer from a concussion lose consciousness.
To protect our young athletes all coaches, recreational leaders and parents need to take an active role in ensuring young athletes who receive bumps/blows to the head get evaluated by a physician ASAP.
- Emory Healthcare Orthopedics & Spine Website
- Take-Aways from Dr. Mautner’s Concussion Chat
- Youth Concussion Law in Georgia- House Bill 284
- Are Football Players Suffering Concussion-Like Damage in the Absence of a Concussion?
- How to Recover Fully and Quickly from a Concussion
About Dr. Olufade
Dr. Olufade is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Medicine. He completed fellowship training in both Interventional Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine. During his fellowship training, he was a team physician for Philadelphia Union, a major league soccer (MLS) team, Widener University Football team and Interboro High School Football team.
Dr. Olufade employs a comprehensive approach in the treatment of sports medicine injuries and spinal disorders by integrating physical therapy, orthotic prescription and minimally invasive procedures. He specializes also in treatment of sports related concussions, tendinopathies and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. He performs procedures such as fluoroscopic-guided spine injections and ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections. Dr. Olufade individualizes his plan with a focus on functional restoration. Dr. Olufade sees patients at our clinic at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
Dr Olufade has held many leadership roles including Chief Resident, Vice-President of Resident Physician Council of AAPM&R, President of his medical school class and Editor of the PM&R Newsletter. He has authored multiple book chapters and presented at national conferences.
About Emory Ortho, Sports and Spine in Johns Creek and Duluth
Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine has recently opened two new clinics, one in Johns Creek and one in Duluth. Emory physicians, Kyle Hammond, MD, and Oluseun A. Olufade, MD see patients in Johns Creek. Mathew Pombo, MD and T. Scott Maughon, MD see patients in Duluth. Our new clinic locations care for a full range of orthopedic conditions including: sports medicine, hand/wrist/elbow, foot/ankle, joint replacement, shoulder, knee/hip, concussions, and spine. To schedule an appointment call 404-778-3350