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Concussion Information

Concussion Facts for Parents, Guardians, Athletes, and Coaches

Download the concussion information and form below. Parents and athletes are required to read, sign and turn in the form to the athletic trainer. The form will be due yearly by every athlete.

 

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a brain injury that:

·         Is caused by a blow to the head or body – from contact with another player, hitting a hard surface such as the ground, or being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat or ball.

·         Can change the way your brain normally works.

·         Can range from mild to severe.

·         Presents itself differently for each athlete.

·         Can occur during practice or competition for ANY sport.

·         Can happen even if you do not lose consciousness.

All concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.  In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

You can’t see a concussion, but you might notice some symptoms right away.  Other symptoms can show up hours or days after the injury.  If your child reports and symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention immediately.  Concussion symptoms may include:

Amnesia

Nausea or vomiting

Neck pain

Confusion

“Don’t feel right”

Balance problems or dizziness

Headache or pressure in head

Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy

Blurred double, or fuzzy vision

Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays, facts, repeated questions)

Feeling unusually irritable

Sensitivity to light or noise

Loss of consciousness

Slowed reaction time

Drowsiness

Exercise or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games may cause concussion symptoms (such as headache or tiredness) to reappear or get worse.

SIGNS OBSERVED BY TEAMMATES, PARENTS AND COACHES INCLUDE:

·         Appears dazed
·         Vacant Facial expressions
·         Confused about assignment or answers questions slowly
·         Forgets plays or is unsure of game, score, opponent etc.
·         Moves clumsily or displays poor coordination
·         Slurred speech
·         Shows behavior or personality changes
·         Can’t recall events prior to hit or can’t recall events after hit
·         Seizures, convulsions, or loss of consciousness

Below is a Concussion Information Sheet. We ask that all parents download the information below and discuss it with their student-athlete (s).

Concussion Statement for Student-Athletes (see below)

Sincerely,

Jamie Haagsma, ATC
Athletic Trainer
310-540-2021 ext. 261
jkamiya@bmhs-la.org