Concussions involve the one area of the body science probably knows the least about, your brain. With this in mind, we have adopted the CDC’s policy on concussions for youth sports. It is the job of players and coaches to be transparent during an evaluation for a possible concussion. Failure to provide accurate and transparent details will lead to immediate ejection from the event and possibly a call to 911 for medical assistance.

An athlete with a possible concussion
cannot return to play on the same day
of the injury and until cleared by a
healthcare provider. No exceptions.

How to spot a possible concussion

Athletes with one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion or other serious brain injury.

Signs sports officials, parents, or coaches may observe

  • Seems confused
  • Forgets an instruction or is unsure of the game, position, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly or repeats questions
  • Can’t remember events before or after the hit, bump, or fall
  • Loses consciousness (even for a moment)
  • Has behavior or personality changes

Symptoms athletes may report

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Trouble concentrating or problems with short- or long-term memory
  • Does not “feel right”

Signs of a more serious brain injury

Call 9-1-1 if an athlete develops one or more of these danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Significant nausea or repeated vomiting
  • Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching)
  • Loss of consciousness (passing out)

Athletes who continue to play while having concussion symptoms have a greater chance of getting another concussion. Athletes who get another concussion before the previous one has healed can increase the chance for long-term problems. It can even be fatal.

This policy was taken directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, last updated August 2020. Our coaches and staff have been trained in this protocol, and are not allowed to make exceptions. Parents and players, please educate your self by visiting the CDC website which has details specifically for parents.

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html

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