Much attention has been given to sport-related concussions over the past few years. It is important for all athletes and coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of a head injury and refer them to trained medical staff immediately. Any athlete demonstrating signs or symptoms of a head injury should be removed from participation immediately and be evaluated by a medical professional (M.D., certified athletic trainer, etc.). The NCAA mandates that all institutions have a concussion-management plan, which ensures that student-athletes are not allowed to return to participation before being cleared by medical staff.
- St. Norbert College Medical Staff: Concussion Information and Treatment
- Concussion Management Plan
- NCAA Concussion Fact Sheet: Athletes
- NCAA Concussion Fact Sheet: Coaches
- NCAA Video: Concussions - Don't Hide It, Report It, Take Time to Recover. This link provides more than 15 educational resources provided by the NCAA. The actual video is on the right side of the page.
A few documentaries that illustrate the dangers of concussions in sports are recommended viewing for our student-athletes:
- “Head Games” by Steve James (2012), available on DVD, Hulu, Netflix, etc.
- “Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis” by Steve James (2014)
- PBS Frontline video - “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” (2013)
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement on Concussion in Sport
- Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport from the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Management of Sport Concussion (2014)