CONCUSSION POLICY
Must be read by all parents and participants

What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

How Can I Help Keep My Children or Teens Safe?
Help create a culture of safety for the team. Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion.  Emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and taking time to recover from one.

Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
Tell your children or teens that you expect them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.                

How Can I Spot a Possible Concussion?
Children and teens who show one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below. 

Signs Observed by Parents:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the 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 or after a hit or fall


Symptoms Reported by Children and Teens

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”


Talk with your children and teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some children and teens think concussions aren’t serious or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look weak. Remind them that it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.


More information about concussion:  www.cdc.gov/headsup

PARENTS IMPORTANT INFORMATION

WWW.CDC.GOV

Complete info about cuncussions