Emergency Department and Minor Injury Unit
You have been given this information because you have had a concussion and after a period of rest you will want to return to normal activities and sport.
Symptoms of concussion you may be experiencing:
- Feeling dizzy, tired or sick
- Sleep disturbance
- Difficulties with concentration, thinking and problem-solving
- Problems with memory or balance
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling more emotional or irritable
You should let your coach, trainer or teacher know about your injury and symptoms. It is important to recognise that you may need to limit the amount of activity you do following a concussion to aid recovery.
Returning to sport
You should only return to sport when you are symptom-free when performing daily activities and simple physical activity. You should return to sport following a graded return to play plan. Example of a graded return to play plan:
|No physical activity
|Low levels of physical activity. For example; walking, light jogging
|Moderate levels of physical activity with body and head movement. For example; moderate intensity jogging, stationary biking, or light weightlifting
|Heavy non-contact physical activity. For example; running or sprinting, regular weightlifting routine, non-contact sport-specific drills
|Full contact in training or practice drills
|Full contact in game play
|Return to competition
It is important to pay careful attention to how you feel throughout the plan and only move up a step if your symptoms do not come back during or after the activity.
If your symptoms return stop these activities and rest. Resume the plan from the previous step after you have not experienced symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours.
If needed, painkiller options include the following:
Paracetamol is usually recommended for painful sprains or strains.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain and may also limit inflammation and swelling. You can buy some types (for example, ibuprofen) at pharmacies, without a prescription either topically as a cream, or as tablets.
You should check the medication advice leaflet to ensure you are safe to take these as some patients with asthma or stomach ulcers may not be able to.
- The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
Telephone: 01642 850850
- The Friarage, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1JG
Telephone: 01609 779911
- Redcar Primary Care Hospital, West Dyke Road, Redcar, TS10 4NW
Telephone: 01642 511000
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.