Keep your head in the game!
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
What are the signs and symptoms?
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days after the injury. If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion listed below, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, keep the athlete out of play and seek medical attention right away.
Signs Observed by Family/Friends/Coaches
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
•Appears dazed or stunned
•Is confused about assignment or position
•Forgets an instruction
•Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
•Answers questions slowly
•Loses consciousness (even briefly)
•Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
•Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
•Can’t recall events after hit or fall
•Headache or “pressure” in head
•Nausea or vomiting
•Balance problems or dizziness
•Double or blurry vision
•Sensitivity to light or noise
•Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
•Concentration or memory problems
• Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”
How to prevent a concussion
Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
•Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment. In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
oThe right equipment for the game, position, or activity
oWorn correctly and the correct size and fit
oUsed every time you play or practice
•Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
•Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
Head injuries are very serious, please seek medical attention immediately.
Dana Jusino, ATC
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