Concussion Awareness Program

Whether you are a coach, player, or parent you need to understand how to keep players safe in our sport. Sports-related concussions – in all sports – cannot be eliminated, but we can all do our part to minimize the risk. Help us keep our players safe!

BRYC SoftballMuch of the information presented on this page comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Facts

  • All concussions are serious
  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
  • Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury
  • When in doubt, sit them out

Concussion Checklist

SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE
Appears dazed or stunned (such as glassy eyes) Headache or "pressure" in head.
Is confused about assignment or position. Nausea or vomiting.
Forgets an instruction or play. Balance problems or dizziness.
Is unsure of score or opponent. Double or blurry vision.
Moves clumsily or poor balance. Sensitivity to light or noise.
Answers questions slowly. Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
Loses consciousness (even briefly) Concentration or memory problems.
Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes. Confusion
Can't recall events PRIOR to hit or fall. Feeling more emotional, nervous, or anxious.
Can't recall events AFTER hit or fall. Does not "feel right' or is "feeling down."
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Heads Up Tool Kit for Youth Sports

 Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

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