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CONCUSSION AWARENESS

GUIDE FOR ATHLETES

Our Concussion Awareness program is meant to be informative for both the parents and athletes.   Concussions are serious business sometimes requiring medical attention.  The following guideline is intended for information and awareness  on concussions - what they are, what the symptoms, and what you should do if you think you have a concussion.
 

The information contained in this website is provided for information purposes ONLY and in no way whatsoever should be relied on as medical advice or as a substitute for consulting your personal physician(s) and other health care professionals.  Therefore, any communications and/or information received from/or communicated here within should not be considered medical advice and you should always follow the medical advice, guidance and recommendations of your physician(s) and other health care professions.


WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A CONCUSSION IS A BRAIN INJURY THAT:

  • Is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body.
  • Can change the way your brain normally works
  • Can occur during practices or games in any sport or recreation activity
  • Can happen even if you haven't had a loss of consciousness
  • Can be serious even if you've just been "dinged" or "had your bell rung."

ALL CONCUSSIONS ARE SERIOUS.
  • A Concussion can affect your ability to do school work and other activities.
  • Most people with a concussion get better but it is important to give your brain time to heal.

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 or noise
  • feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?
  • Tell your coaches and your parents
  • Have a health care professional evaluate your symptoms
  • Give yourself time to get better.  Repeat concussions can increase the time it takes for you to recover and may cause more damage to your brain.

HOW CAN I PREVENT A CONCUSSION?

EVERY SPORT IS DIFFERENT BUT THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
  • Use proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment.  In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
    1. The right equipment for the game, position, or activity.
    2. Worn correctly and the correct size.
    3. Used every time you play or practice.
    4. Even with properly fitted equipment concussions can still occur.
  • Follow your coach's rules on safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
 
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION:
DON'T HIDE IT.  REPORT IT.  TAKE TIME TO RECOVER.  IT'S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK A FRIEND/TEAMMATE HAS A CONCUSSION?
  • Tell you coaches and/or your parents.
  • Stepping up for your friend could save their life.