CONCUSSION INFORMATION SHEET
Dear Parent/Guardian and Athletes,
This information sheet is provided to assist you and your child in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Every athlete is different and responds to a brain injury differently, so seek medical attention if you suspect your child has a concussion. Once a concussion occurs, it is very important your athlete return to normal activities slowly, so he/she does not do more damage to his/her brain.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Athletes do not have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, less than 1 out of 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness. Concussion symptoms can develop right away or up to 48 hours after the injury. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion puts your child’s health at risk!
Signs Observed by Coaches, Officials, Parents or Guardians
Appears dazed, stunned or confused
Unsure about event, location of name of meet
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes-irritability, sadness, nervousness, emotional
Can’t recall events before or after incident
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
Any headache or “pressure” in head-how badly it hurts does not matter
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Does not “feel right”
Trouble falling asleep
Sleeping more or less than usual