Working in a secondary school setting, or any setting at that, knowing what your athlete is doing outside of school/treatment hours remains a challenge. Educating our athletes about at-home care will always be an important educational component of our athletic training careers. One specific "injury" that this remains a challenge for is concussions. Highschoolers aren't always aware of the severity of a brain injury and the importance of care at home. Be sure to have handouts/information readily available to give to athletes affected such as:
Things to keep in mind when dealing with a concussion and being home:
1. Brain rest! Stay off your phones; avoid playing video games and watching TV for prolonged periods of time.
2. Be sure to keep up with proper nutrition! Stay hydrated and fuel your body.
3. Always be alert to changes in your symptoms and be sure to tell someone of these changes.
4. Check-in and communicate with your athletic trainer!
There are infographic handouts supplied by the NATA on their website that you can have readily available to give to your athletes/parents as reminders about what to look for and how to care for themselves at home. https://www.nata.org/practice-patient-care/health-issues/concussion