An announcement for the Zackery Lystedt Project will be made at the Super Bowl this Sunday. The Zackery Lystedt Project is an initiative to convince all states to enact legislation like Washington state did which says that student athletes under the age of 18 who have symptoms of a concussion cannot return to play without approval by a physician or other health provider. The Lystedt initiative is sponsored by the Sarah Jane Brain project whose goal is to educate and prevent pediatric traumatic brain injury caused by trauma including car accidents, falls, violence, a blow to the head, sports incidents, gunshots, bicycle accidents and other traumas to the brain.
The law in Washington State is named for Zackery Lystedt who suffered a brain injury in a middle school football game. Washington’s law requires coaches to receive concussion education and requires coaches to remove to remove a student athlete from the playing field if there is a possibility the athlete suffered a concussion. In addition, it requires the coach not to allow the player to return to play until examined.
A concussion is the most common type of mild traumatic brain injury and it can cause various systems including cognitive, physical and emotional. Diagnosis of concussion usually requires a physical and neurological exam. Symptoms can include persistent vomiting, headache, seizures and unequal or unreactive pupils. Treatment for concussions usually includes monitoring and rest. Concussion symptoms are usually gone approximately three weeks after the trauma.
Some studies suggest that concussions are under-diagnosed and that often student athletes cover up their injuries so they can remain at play.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
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For more information about initiatives to restrict student athletes returning to play, you might want to read All Clear? Head injuries get attention from states in The Seattle Times.