A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head or body. In order to ensure the safety of student-athletes, it is imperative that athletes, coaches, and parents/guardians are educated about the nature and treatment of sports- related concussions and head injuries. Allowing a student-athlete to return to play before recovering from a concussion increases the chance of a more serious brain injury.
Possible Signs of Concussion:
- Appears dazed, stunned, or disoriented.
- Forgets plays, or demonstrates short-term memory difficulty.
- Exhibits difficulties with balance or coordination.
- Answers questions slowly or inaccurately.
- Loses consciousness.
Possible Symptoms of Concussion
(Reported by the student athlete to Coaches, School Nurse, Parent/ Guardian)
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Double vision or changes in vision.
- Sensitivity to light or sound/noise.
- Feeling sluggish or foggy.
- Difficulty with concentration and short-term memory.
- Sleep disturbance.
Student-Athletes must be evaluated by a physician or licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions to determine the presence or absence of a sports-related concussion or head injury.