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ABOUT SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSIONS
A concussion is a mild brain injury caused by direct or indirect impact to the head. A common misconception is that an athlete must suffer a loss of consciousness in order to be diagnosed with a concussion. In reality, the majority of athletes who sustain sports-related concussions do not experience loss of consciousness. All head injuries and concussions are serious and require immediate medical attention.

Did You Know? More than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur every year in the United States (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.) It's important to know the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sports-related concussions. A concussion is not always easy to identify, so if you notice any of these signs or symptoms, consult your physician right away.

As a parent, teacher, or coach, keep an eye out for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

o Appears dazed or stunned
o Confusion
o Forgetfulness
o Uncertainty about the game, score, or team
o Clumsy
o Slow responses
o Loss of consciousness
o Behavior or personality changes
o Memory loss prior to or after the impact (even if only for a few seconds)
 

SYMPTOMS
o Headache, or head pressure
o Nausea or vomiting
o Dizziness
o Blurry or double vision
o Sensitivity to light and/or noise
o Feeling groggy, hazy, foggy, or sluggish
o Concentration and/or memory problems
o Confusion
o Just “feels off” or “not right”
 

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