Student-Athletes Also Face Concussion Danger
CHARLOTTE, NC - Carolina Panthers Quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Giants. Under new concussion rules, Moore must pass numerous mandated tests in order to play again.
Student-athletes face many of the same risks. “Every year, unfortunately, there are student-athletes that do suffer concussions,” said Spencer Elliott, an Athletic Trainer with Carolinas Medical Center.
Elliott estimates between 60 and 100 kids and teens in the Charlotte area suffer concussions from football injuries every year. CMC partners with CMS to assess and treat injuries. Elliott and his team educate coaches, trainers and first responders on how to identify signs of a possible concussion during a game or practice. They also help find the appropriate physicians to treat the brain injury.
After suffering an injury, the student-athlete can be off the field for a while. A physician must first determine that he or she no longer has the symptoms of a concussion, and then, 24 hours after that, the student must begin taking gradual steps. The student must successfully complete those steps before being allowed to play.
CMC has a computer program specifically designed to diagnose and assess concussions. Any CMS student can get that assessment for free. For more information call 704-355-9200, or visit www.carolinasconcussion.org