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Healthy Athletes - Concussion

The Center for Disease Control has a comprehensive website on Concussion.  It is geared toward high school athletes, but is applicable to all athletes.

To visit the CDC website click here

Below is a fact sheet for Parents on Concussion

HEADS UP CONCUSSION IN HIGH SCHOOL  SPORTS
A FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.
What are the Signs and symptoms of concussion?
You can’t see a concussion.  Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or can take days or weeks to appear. If your teen reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away. 
SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF   SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE
Appears dazed or stunned             Headache
Is confused about assignment   Nausea
Forgets plays   Balance problems or dizziness
Is unsure of game, score, or opponent   Double or fuzzy vision
Moves clumsily   Sensitivity to light or noise
Answers questions slowly   Feeling sluggish
Loses consciousness   Feeling foggy or groggy
Shows behavior or personality changes   Concentration or memory problems
Can’t recall events prior to hit   Confusion
Can’t recall events after hit  
 
What should you do if you think your teenage athlete has a concussion?
  1. Seek medical attention right away.  A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your teen to return to sports.
  2. Keep your teen out of play.  Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your teen return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK.  Athletes who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing—risk a greater chance of having a second concussion.  Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your teen for a lifetime.
  3. Tell all of your teen’s coaches about any recent concussion.  Coaches should know if your teen had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your teen’s coaches may not know about a concussion your teen received in another sport or activity unless you tell them. Knowing about the concussion will allow the coach to keep your teen from activities that could result in another concussion.
  4. Remind your teen: It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.
 It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.