Concussion Awareness

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November 15, 2016
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WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury that:aware
  • Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
  • Can change the way your brain normally works
  • Can occur during practices or games in any sport
  • Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
  • Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?
  • Headache or“pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light
  • Bothered by noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?
  • Tell your coaches and your parents.Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.
  • Get a medical check up. A doctor or health care professional can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play.
  • Give yourself time to get better. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.

HOW CAN I PREVENT A CONCUSSION?

  • Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
  • Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
    • The right equipment for the game, position,or activity
    • Worn correctly and fit well
    • Used every time you play

 

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