Concussion Information

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. Even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most child concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child/player reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
Headache that won’t go away
Nausea/vomiting
Balance problems, dizziness or light-headed
Double/blurred vision or changes in vision
Sensitivity to light or sound/noise
Feeling of sluggishness, fogginess or lack of energy
Difficulty with concentration, short-term memory, and/or
confusion
Irritability or agitation
Depression or Anxiety
Signs observed by teachers, students, parents & coaches include:
Appears dazed, stunned or disoriented
Exhibits difficulties with balance or coordination
Answers questions slowly or inaccurately
Loses consciousness
Demonstrates behavior or personality changes
Is unable to recall events prior to or after the hit
Forgets plays or demonstrates short-term memory difficulties
(e.g. is unsure of the game, score, or opponent)

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