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: 

    1. Appears dazed, stunned, or disoriented. 
    2. Forgets plays, or demonstrates short-term memory difficulty. 
    3. Exhibits difficulties with balance or coordination. 
    4. Answers questions slowly or inaccurately. 
    5. Loses consciousness.

    Possible Symptoms of Concussion 

    (Reported by the student athlete to Coaches, School Nurse, Parent/ Guardian) 

    1. Headache 
    2. Nausea/Vomiting 
    3. Balance problems or dizziness. 
    4. Double vision or changes in vision. 
    5. Sensitivity to light or sound/noise. 
    6. Feeling sluggish or foggy. 
    7. Difficulty with concentration and short-term memory. 
    8. Sleep disturbance. 
    9. Irritability 

    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.