• Concussion Information

     
    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works.  Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.  Even a 'ding', ' getting your bell rung', or  what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
     
    Per California Education Code 49475(a)(1) 'An athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed from the athletic activity for the remainder of the day, shall not be permitted to return to the athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a licensed health care provider who is trained in the management of concussions and is acting within the scope of his or her practice. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to the athletic activity until he or she receives written clearance to return to the athletic activity from that licensed health care provider.'
     
    The Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion:
     
     A.   Signs are indications of an injury or illness that can be observed by another person
    • Appears dazed or confused
    • Is confused about assignment or position
    • Forgets an instruction
    • Unsure of game, score, or opponent
    • Moves clumsily
    • Answers questions slowly
    • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
    • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
    • Cannot recall events prior to or immediately after hit or fall

    B.    Symptoms are indications of an injury or illness that are felt by the injured or ill person, but cannot be readily observed by another person

    • Headache or “pressure” in head
    • Nausea with or without vomiting
    • Balance problems or dizziness
    • Double or blurry vision
    • Sensitivity to light or noise
    • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
    • Concentration or memory problems
    • Confusion
    • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”
     
    For more information on concussions go to the following webpage:  http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/index.html