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What is an concussion? A concussion occurs when an athlete receives a traumatic force to the head or upper body that causes the brain to shake inside of the skull. This may cause a change in mental status such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, disorientation, confusion or mental fogginess.
Facts & Statistics1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. 34% of concussions occur during practice and 65% occur during competition. Effects of concussions are cumulative in athletes who return to play before complete recovery. The younger the athlete, the longer the recovery time will be. Second impact syndrome is rare, but preventable. Terms such as "bell ringers," "dings," or grading of concussions are no longer used.
Signs & Symptoms of a ConcussionAppears dazed, headache, disoriented, nausea, confused, balance problems, unsure of score/opponent, double or blurry vision, answers are slow, sensitive to light, personality or mood change, feeling sluggish, loss of memory before hit, feeling foggy, loss of memory after hit, change in sleep pattern, loss of consciousness, cognitive changes.
What do I do is there is a suspected concussion?If a concussion is suspected, the player should not be allowed to continue with the current activity until properly evaluated by a physician. When in doubt, sit them out.
When can a player play again?All players must follow a "Return to Play" protocol upon the clearance of a physician.