A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion?
SIGNS observed by the coach/teacher
- Appears dazed, confused
- Is confused about what's going on
- Can't recall events before or after hits
- Answers questions slowly
- Shows mood or behavior changes
- Poor memory to instructions
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
SYMPTOMS reported by student/athlete
- Headache or "pressure" in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Concentration or memory problems
- All student-athletes suspected of having a concussion must be removed from the game or practice. Written clearance from a physician or certified athletic trainer is required prior to returning to play following a concussion.
Required Concussion Information Form
An "Student-Athlete/Parent Concussion Information Acknowledgement" is required for students participating in after-school sports at the NBJH. Remember it's better to miss one game than miss the whole season. When in doubt, the athlete sits out.
For more information go to: www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html