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Concussion Awareness

The CDC has issued a warning and process regarding concussion in youth sports, regardless of the sport. California now requires notification and review of concussion detection and follow-up, for parents and players involved in youth sports. AYSO has created materials and a process in compliance with the CDC.

You may also review the concussion video by the CDC at
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/HeadsUpConcussion.html

SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of 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 the hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after the hit or fall

SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETES

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR ATHLETE HAS A CONCUSSION?

If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, remove the athlete from play and seek medical attention. Do not try to budget the severity of the injury yourself. Keep the athlete out o play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says the player is symptom-free and they may return to play.

Rest is key to helping an athlete recover from a concussion. Exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games, may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse.

After a concussion, returning to sports and school is a gradual process that should be carefully managed and monitored by a health care professional.

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