San Diego Sports Medicine (SDSM) has been a leader in the evaluation and treatment of sport-related concussions. Our team of Sports Medicine Physicians has worked with athletes of all levels from the Olympics, US National Teams, San Diego Chargers, San Diego State University, San Diego Christian College, and a large number of San Diego High Schools. Our concussion policy and concussion management protocol has been developed with numerous years of hands on experience, years of dedication to the field of Sports Medicine, and from the most recent literature on sport-related concussion.
Recent research has shown that an athlete’s balance and/or cognitive functioning are often depressed following a concussion – even in the absence of self-reported symptoms. It has been demonstrated that it typically takes anywhere from 3 to 10 days for an athlete to return to their normal state following even a mild concussion. However, in some cases (<10%) athletes can experience post-concussion syndrome in which the symptoms last beyond 3 weeks.
According to the new 2010 CIF, National Federation of High School and NCAA guidelines, athletes that have sustained a concussion may not return to play for at least 24 hours after the injury and must be evaluated and cleared by a Physician (MD or DO) before they are able to return to play. It is also strongly recommended by the CDC, the 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport, the CIF, and the NCAA that athletes follow a 5 day return to play protocol.