Monday, February 6, 2012

CDC Fact Sheet: Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports

One of the Franklin Matters readers suggested taking this from the larger document and giving it better recognition. I concur. This is an important matter and should be shared broadly. Head injuries don't only occur on the sports fields. They can occur at home or in the backyard or playground.

Substitute "parent" for coach and this would be good to use.


Signs Observed by Coaching Staff

If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets sports play
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows behavior or personality changes
• Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can't recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete
• 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
• Does not "feel right"

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