While Spring is drawing to an end, school and organized sports may be over in your area, and coaches are for the most part done until Fall - the lessons about concussions and traumatic brain injuries still go on. Parent, especially should consider knowing more, as it is their turn to take on the safety manager roll as kids and teens continue to play sports and other physical activities through the Summer without direct supervision. Skateboarding can yield injuries as easily (if not more) as football and soccer, and bicycle crashes and falls can be as dangerous as field hockey collisions.
An important reminder for Coach Dad and Doctor Mom from the CDC and the Heads Up campaign is that Kids conceal concussions. It's true, studies show that about 60%–70% of young athletes might try to hide concussion symptoms. Why? They want to keep playing, and they don't want to look weak in front of friends and competitors.
Recognizing and responding to concussions when they first occur can prevent further injury or even death.
- Head and Neck Injuries… Concussions and more
- Treatment for Concussions and TBI?
- Spring Sports Safety
- Head and Neck Injuries in Youth Sports
What Is a Concussion?
- Appears dazed or stunned.
- Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or
- position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
- Moves clumsily.
- Answers questions slowly.
- Loses consciousness (even briefly).
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
- Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
- Headache or “pressure” in head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
- Bothered by light or noise.
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
- Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
- Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
NOTE:Concussion signs and symptoms often show upsoon after the injury, but it can be hard to tell how seriousthe concussion is at first. Some symptoms may not benoticed or may not show up for hours or days.
You can customize and share CDC materials—including tools for parents, coaches, and other school professionals—to improve concussion reporting, recovery, and safety.