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The sooner your brain has recovered, the sooner you will be able to return to play. It is better to miss a game, instead of the season.

You can’t play your best when you are hurt.

Increased risk of potential other injuries.


Post-concussion syndrome


Athletes who suffer a second blow to the head prior to resolution of the first are at risk for more severe acute problems and longer recovery periods. The most dramatic potential consequence, though rare, of continuing or returning to play prior to concussion resolution is second impact syndrome



Second Impact Syndrome


Second Impact Syndrome is defined as: a condition where the brain swells rapidly after receiving a second concussion before the symptoms of the first concussion have subsided. The time from second impact to critical, life-threatening brain swelling is reported to be quite short, taking two to five minutes. If swelling of the brain leads to critically high pressure on the centers that regulate respiration in the brain stem, respiratory failure occurs and leads to death without life support. Despite its extreme rarity, the dramatically life-threatening nature of Second Impact Syndrome is enough to cause concern and heightened awareness of the need to insure complete resolution of concussion before exposure to further risk.


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