SIGNS OF A CONCUSSION

What coaches should do when a concussion is suspected.

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Concussion Awareness

Only allow the athlete to return to participation after he or she is cleared by an appropriate health care professional and institute your league's return-to-play policy.

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ACTION PLAN

Inform the athlete's parents or guardians of the possible concussion.

Remove the athlete from play.

SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION

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Ensure the athlete is evaluated immediately by an appropriate health care professional.

Appears 
DAZED or
STUNNED
Appears 
CONFUSED 
about ASSIGNMENT
or POSITION

FORGETS 
plays

UNSURE of
GAME, SCORE 
or OPPONENT
LOSES
consciousness 
(even briefly)
Shows
BEHAVIOR or
PERSONALITY 
CHANGES

CAN'T RECALL events
PRIOR TO or AFTER the
HIT or 
FALL 


CONCUSSION SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
A player experiencing any signs or symptoms may have suffered a concussion.


HEADACHE
or PRESSURE 
in the head

NAUSEA or
VOMITING
BALANCE 
problems or
DIZZINESS
DOUBLE
or BLURRY 
vision


SENSITIVITY 
to light or
noise

Concentration
or MEMORY 
problems
Feeling SLUGGISH, HAZY
FOGGY or GROGGY


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