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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Heads Up program provides an abundance of information on concussion at the following site:

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html

Below is some immediately useful information from the CDC's Heads Up program.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Signs a player may have a concussion

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets plays
  • Unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to or after the hit or fall

Concussion Symptoms

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurt vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Concentration or memory problems

What a Coach should do if a Concussion is suspected

  1. Remove the athlete from play
  2. Inform the athlete’s parents/guardians of the possible concussion
  3. Ensure the athlete is evaluated immediately by an appropriate health care professional
  4. Allow the athlete to return to play only after an appropriate health care professional clears his or her return


IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION DON'T HIDE IT ~ REPORT IT ~ TAKE TIME TO RECOVER!  IT'S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.
 
IF YOU THINK A FRIEND/TEAMMATE HAS A CONCUSSION TELL YOUR COACH AND/OR YOUR PARENTS.
 
STEPPING UP FOR YOUR FRIEND COULD SAVE THEIR LIFE.