Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSION? 
SIGNS observed by the coach/teacher    SYMPTOMS reported by student/athlete


•  Appears dazed, confused 
•  Is confused about what's going on
•  Can't recall events before or after hit 
•  Answers questions slowly  
•  Shows mood or behavior changes
•  Poor memory to instructions
•  Loses consciousness (even briefly) 


• Headache or "pressure" in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light and/or noise
• Confusion
• Concentration or memory problems

All student athletes suspected of having a concussion must be removed from the game or practice. Written clearance from a physician or certified athletic trainer is required prior to returning to play following a concussion.

An "Student Athlete/Parent Concussion Information Acknowledgement" is required for students participating in after-school sports at the NBJH.   

Remember it's better to miss one game than miss the whole season. When in doubt, the athlete sits out. For more information go to:   www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html