Concussion Awareness

Spring sports are now in full swing! While at the last baseball and softball games I constantly heard folks yell “heads up” as fly balls are coming over the fence and it had me thinking that this week in the sports corner we should talk about concussions so HEADS UP!

Concussion awareness has become a hot topic over the last several years in the athletic world. Over the last 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked to raise awareness of concussions among children and teens because they are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover when compared to adults.

Common symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Difficulty remembering or paying attention

  • Balance problems or dizziness

  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

  • Feeling irritable, more emotional, or “down”

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Bothered by light or noise

  • Double or blurry vision

  • Slowed reaction time

  • Sleep problems

  • Loss of consciousness

As administrators, coaches, players and parents we should all be aware of the signs and symptoms. If signs and symptoms occur we must act immediately. If you are diagnosed with a concussion by a physician it must be reported to the athletic director and the coach. Player safety is always the number one priority and after being diagnosed with a concussion there is a process that must be followed before the student-athlete can resume to full activity. You must first be cleared by a physician to start the return to play progression.

The complete process is outlined in this form from MSHSAA- https://www.mshsaa.org/resources/pdf/RTP.pdf

Information Source: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/tbi/newly-injured/questions-about-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi/what-is-important-to-know-about-youth-concussions-in-sports-and-play

 

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