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Signs and Symptoms These signs and symptoms may indicate that a concussion has occurred.
SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF: . Appears dazed or stunned . Is confused about assignment or position . Forgets sports plays . Is unsure of game, score, or opponent . Moves clumsily . Answers questions slowly . Loses consciousness(even briefly) . Shows behavior or personality changes . Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall . Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Next Steps If you suspect that a player has a concussion, you should take the following steps: 1
Remove athlete from play. 2
Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself. 3
Inform athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion. 4
Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional. If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion... Take him/her out of play, and seek the advice of a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.
SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE: . Headache or “pressure” in head . Nausea or vomiting . Balance problems or dizziness . Double or blurry vision . Sensitivity to light . Sensitivity to noise . Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy . Concentration or memory problems . Confusion . Does not “feel right”
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
For immediate attention, CALL 911
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