Concussion Injury Screening Tool
Please use this page for informational purposes only.
ALWAYS consult with a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment of any medical concerns. A concussion is a brain injury which is caused by a bump or blow to the head. Appropriate diagnosis, management, referral and education are critical to achieve optimal recovery. The Brain Injury Advisory Council has contracted research assessments to understand the incidence rate of youth sports concussions in New Mexico and the incidence rate of concussions among New Mexico veterans. Using new and ongoing research findings on concussions will help to identify, diagnose and appropriately treat people. This information also helps with understanding the education, training and service needs in New Mexico. In 2016, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 137 increasing the protocol of return to play to 240 hours (10 days) after the hour a student athlete sustains a concussion.
Other aspects of Senate Bill 137 include:
- The requirement of school districts to establish head injury protocols.
- Non scholastic youth activities utilizing school district properties must follow head injury protocols established by each school district.
- Knowledge and training about brain injuries for coaches, parents/guardians and student athletes by school districts.
Some signs and symptoms of a concussion may not appear immediately after a bump or blow to the head. It can take a few days for signs or symptoms to appear. Remember: never try to diagnose yourself or someone else. See a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.
The following is a partial list of concussion symptoms.
- Loss of Consciousness (even for a brief moment)
- Mood or Behavior Changes
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Double or Blurry Vision