In the aftermath of the Cleveland Browns’ 30-27 win over the New York Jets, fans have begun to look for ways to minimize the potential for a devastating concussion.
While some are looking for a way to take some of the pressure off the players who will be out for the rest of the season, some are still looking for ways for players to reduce the risk of getting a concussion.
As the NFL season gets underway, we’ve compiled the 10 best practices to help players prevent a concussion and get back to their regular activities.1.
Be aware of your surroundings2.
Check your pulse and breathing3.
Avoid activities that could be a trigger for a concussion4.
Check for signs of a concussion5.
Check in with your doctorIf you’ve been hit by a car, hit a glass door, or been hit in the head, check your pulse for signs that you are in a concussion-related condition.
If you are experiencing symptoms, check for signs such as dizziness, fatigue, weakness, headache, dizziness or loss of consciousness.
Be alert to the symptoms.
If symptoms worsen, call 911.
If you have symptoms of a head injury, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If a physician is not available, contact your local emergency room (ED).
If you cannot reach your doctor, ask someone to call 911 and ask them to get the player out of the game.
The emergency room will provide additional care if needed.2.
Get back to activities that might be a triggers for a head concussion3.
Take a break from activities that you could be experiencing a concussion (e.g., playing basketball, playing video games, exercising)4.
Talk to your doctor to find out if there is a medical reason for the symptomsYou should not take a concussion medicine that is prescribed for you to avoid a concussion in the future.
If your doctor prescribes a medication for you, use it according to the instructions provided on the label.
If possible, seek additional medical care.
If a head-injury doctor prescains a medication to treat a concussion, ask for it to be changed to another medication.
If this is not possible, get a second opinion.
If the second opinion is negative, stop taking the medication.
If your doctor prescribed you the medication, it is important to get this medication to the doctor.
If medication can’t be purchased from your doctor or your doctor does not know how to get it, call the emergency room of your local hospital.
Call the emergency number to get help getting the medication to a doctor.
If the concussion medicine is not prescribed, ask your doctor if it can be changed.
If that prescription is not for you or if your doctor refuses to change the prescription, ask a pharmacist to call the prescription.
If an emergency comes up, call your local police or 911.
You may be able to get a copy of the prescription and your local medical office.
If medication cannot be obtained from your local pharmacy, ask the pharmacist if they can dispense it to you.
If not, get an emergency phone number to call.2,5.
Take time to check your body posture during a head impact or if you are feeling dizzy, sleepy or lightheaded5.
Try to limit contact sports for 30 minutes, and talk to your partner about limiting contact sports during your concussion.6.
Drink a glass of water if you feel dizzy or light-headed.7.
Check if you have any other health issues that could affect your ability to play, such as high blood pressure, a low body temperature, or an infection.8.
Take medication to help your heart beat, blood pressure and pulse, and if possible, exercise regularly.9.
Talk with your coach and the team doctor if you notice any signs of trouble in your head.10.
Check to see if your symptoms are related to a concussion symptoms or a medical condition.
The NFLPA has been in contact with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) about concussion symptoms.
In the NFLPA’s communication with the league, we have provided information to the league about possible symptoms, symptoms associated with a concussion or medical conditions.
The NFLPA is providing this information as part of the league’s concussion protocol to assist with concussion awareness and management.
The Cleveland Browns are the only team in the NFL to play in the 2018 season without a head coach.
The team announced this morning that they will not be making a change to the coaching staff, nor are they making any changes to the game plan.
The Browns were unable to respond to multiple requests for comment.
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