Earlier this week we shared with you the importance of having your kids take a baseline test. The test is used as a reference in case a situation arises in which your child could have possibly endured a concussion.
Of course, everyone is aware of what concussions are and we *think* we would be able to tell if our child or athlete suffered a concussion. But the truth of the matter is you may not be aware of all the symptoms. As parents and coaches, we need to take any symptoms seriously.
Signs of a Concussion
Remember that a concussion may not only be caused by a bump or blow to the head, but it can also occur if the brain is “shaken” inside the skull without the head striking an object.
- appears dazed or stunned
- is confused about assignment or position
- forgets an instruction
- is unsure of a game, score or opponent
- moves clumsily
- answers questions slowly
- loses consciousness
- shows behavior or personality changes
- can’t recall evens prior to or after the hit or fall
- headache or “pressure” in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- balance problems or dizziness
- double or blurry vision
- feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
- sensitivity to: light or noise
- concentration or memory problems
- does not feel “right”
If ANY of the signs above are noticed, you need to seek medical attention for your child or player.
How can I get Concussion Course Certified?
Many sports organizations now requires all coaches (and urges parents as well) to complete the 45 minute online concussion training from the Centers of Disease Control. This FREE training is a must have for all any person that wants to be more educated about concussions!
It is so important to remove a player from a game if there is any type of head injury. Many leagues require the athlete to be seen and cleared by a concussion trained physician prior to return to a sport. Although some may feel this is too extreme, when it comes to the brain, you can never be too safe.
Being able to recognize any signs of a concussion could save a child’s life.