WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding”, “getting your bell rung” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear to be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of a concussion or if you notice any symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETES?
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Does not “feel right” WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OBSERVED BY PARENTS/GUARDIANS?
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows behavior or personality changes
• Cannot recall events prior to hit or fall
• Cannot recall events after hit or fall
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION?
• Ensure they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Make sure they use the proper equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as helmets, padding, shin guards and eye and mouth guards----
IN ORDER FOR EQUIPMENT TO PROTECT YOU, it must be the right equipment for the game, position and activity; it must be worn correctly and used every time you play.) • Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
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IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON!