Developing a Seizure Protocol for Return to Play
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A seizure or epilepsy is a constellation of symptoms resulting from abnormal rhythmic discharges from a portion of the brain or the entire brain. Seizures occur in 5- 10% of the population. Seizure which a single occurs of an electrical discharge in the brain causing alterations in behavior, sensation, or consciousness. Epilepsy is two or more unprovoked seizures. Patients diagnosed with epilepsy only a few incorporate exercise into their lifestyle due to limitations, education, and resources. Evidence shows that patients with good seizure control can participate in both contact and non-contact sports without adversely affecting seizure frequency. Sports medicine specialist like athletic trainers come in contact with a population of epileptic patients during participation in sports. Athletic trainers work a long side the epileptic or seizure athlete to establish safe participation in the involved sport. Athletic trainers are defined as highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The purpose of this research project is to create an analysis of how athletic trainers return athletes to play after they suffer from a seizure. Conducting a generalized survey to collect data from a wide variety of athletic training professionals. In the end the goal is to produce a consensus of returning an athlete post seizure to play protocol while educating health care iv professionals. Further research is needed to develop a protocol for athletic trainers who work with patients that suffer seizures.