Concussion Awareness Information

A new Maryland law was passed that requires Youth Sports Programs to provide information on concussion and head injuries.

Please go to the CDC government Web site to learn more about Concussion and Head Injuries.

www.cdc.gov/concussion

Also in this Law if a youth athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in practice or game they shall be immediately removed from play.  This injured athlete may not return until they have obtained written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injury.

 

The information below is from the CDC concussion fact sheet for Parents.

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused
by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting
your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or
blow to the head can be serious.
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 or weeks after the
injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion,
or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical
attention right away.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians
If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the
head during a game or practice, look for any of the
following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows behavior or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can’t recall events after hit or fall


Symptoms Reported by Athlete
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Confusion
• Does not “feel right”

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION?

Every sport is different, but there are steps your children
can take to protect themselves from concussion.
• Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for
safety and the rules of the sport.
• Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship
at all times.
• Make sure they wear the right protective equipment
for their activity (such as helmets, padding, shin
guards, and eye and mouth guards). Protective
equipment should fit properly, be well maintained,
and be worn consistently and correctly.
• Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD 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 child
to return to sports.
2. Keep your child out of play. Concussions take
time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play
until a health care professional says it’s OK.
Children 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 child for
a lifetime.
3. Tell your child’s coach about any recent
concussion. Coaches should know if your child
had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your
child’s coach may not know about a concussion
your child received in another sport or activity
unless you tell the coach.

It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

 

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:32 )