Concussions and other brain injuries can be serious and potentially life threatening. If managed properly, most athletes can enjoy long careers in sports after a concussion. Research indicates that these injuries can also have serious consequences later in life if not managed properly.
A concussion occurs when there is a direct or indirect injury to the brain. As a result, transient impairment of mental functions such as memory, balance/equilibrium, and vision may occur. It is important to recognize that many sport-related concussions do not result in loss of consciousness and, therefore, all suspected head injuries should be taken seriously.
Coaches, parents and fellow teammates can be helpful in identifying those who may potentially have a concussion, because a concussed athlete may not be aware of his or her condition or may be trying to hide the injury to stay in the game or practice. Click here to view and download the Suspected Concussion Flow Chart.
For the 2017 season, Surrey Lacrosse has partnered with Kids Physio Group, who is extending a 15% off discount on all physio services to SLA athletes for both post concussion and treatments for other injuries. This is the first time they have ever discounted services so please know that they are committed to supporting our community of athletes. They can assist families with financial challenges to apply to Variety Club for funding to cover all costs of treatment post-concussion. Variety Club has been very helpful to many families in the past.
Surrey Lacrosse has compiled the following links to documents and internet sites to assist players, parents and team officials to better understand the effects of concussions and how to manage concussions if and when they occur: