If you think your athlete

may have a concussion…

don't assess it yourself

Take him/her out of play

and seek the advice of a health care professional

How Can I Recognize a Possible Concussion?

To help recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two things among your athletes:

  • Forceful bump/ blow/ jolt to head/ body results in rapid movement of the head.

AND

  • Any change in the athlete's behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.

Athletes who experience any of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body should be kept out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it's OK to return to play.

Signs & Symptoms

Concussions Can Affect Kids and Teens in the Classroom

Photo: Sarah

As an A-student and star soccer player, Sarah is accustomed to hard work. However, after she sustained a concussion during a varsity soccer game, her freshman year in high school she found herself taking on a new challenge.

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Keeping Quiet
 

What You Can Not See

Remember, you can't see a concussion and some athletes may not experience and/or report symptoms until hours or days after the injury. Most people with a concussion will recover quickly and fully. But for some people, signs and symptoms of concussion can last for days, weeks, or longer.