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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the HPA Concussion Protocol take to complete?
During the 2013-2014 school year we have been averaging 19.9 days of recovery from date of injury until cleared to play with no restrictions.
My son/daughter looks fine, why can’t s/he play?
The decision to return to competition is a medical one, based on all available data. Both the medical doctor (MD) AND ATC must agree on clearance. Never return an athlete to activity while still symptomatic.
If this basic rule is ignored, there is potential for creating a second impact injury. A second concussion sustained while not fully recovered from the first, might lead to a permanent and irreversible brain injury and might even be fatal. Never return an athlete to activity while still symptomatic.
My son/daughter is asymptomatic, why can’t s/he play?
Once asymptomatic, the HPA Concussion Protocol must be completed in its entirety. Each step takes about one day. To advance, the athlete must be asymptomatic before and after the activity to move on to the next step.
Example: If, step 3 (stationary bike) recreates symptoms post activity, the athlete may not progress to step 4. In this case, the athlete must wait at least one day and must be asymptomatic again pre-activity to retake step 3.
My son/daughter has full clearance from our MD. Why is s/he still not cleared to play?
The MD clearance is just one step in the protocol. The decision to return to competition is a medical one, based on all available data. The HPA Concussion Protocol must be completed in its entirety and both the MD AND ATC must agree on clearance
- A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain.
- An athlete does NOT have to lose consciousness (be “knocked out”) to suffer a concussion.
- Concussion symptoms might last for several weeks, even months, following the injury.
- Special football helmets, soccer head gear, and mouth guards have not been scientifically proven to prevent concussions.