RHS Concussion Information Sheet
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a
bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force
transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way
the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are
potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage
and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a
bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports
concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion
may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child
reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of
concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
• Headaches • “Pressure in head”
• Nausea or vomiting • Neck pain
• Balance problems or dizziness • Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise • Feeling sluggish or slowed down
• Feeling foggy or groggy • Drowsiness
• Change in sleep patterns • Amnesia
• “Don’t feel right” • Fatigue or low energy
• Sadness • Nervousness or anxiety
• Irritability • More emotional
• Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays)
• Repeating the same question/comment
Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include:
• Appears dazed • Vacant facial expression
• Confused about assignment • Forgets plays
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent • Slurred speech
• Moves clumsily or displays incoordination • Answers questions slowly
• Shows behavior or personality changes • Cannot recall events prior to hit
• Can’t recall events after hit • Seizures or convulsions
• Any change in typical behavior or personality
• Loses consciousness
What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Students with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play
immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves
the young student especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of
significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs,
particularly if the student suffers another concussion before completely recovering from
the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling
(second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well
known that adolescent or teenage students will often fail to report symptoms of injuries.
Concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents
and students is the key to student-athlete’s safety.
If you think your child has suffered a concussion:
Any student even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the
game or practice immediately. No student may return to activity after an apparent head
injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear,
without medical clearance. Close observation of the student should continue for several
hours. IHSA Policy requires athletes to provide their school with written clearance from
either a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a certified athletic
trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its
branches prior to returning to play or practice following a concussion or after being
removed from an interscholastic contest due to a possible head injury or concussion
and not cleared to return to that same contest. In accordance with state law, all IHSA
member schools are required to follow this policy.

You should also inform your child’s coach if you think that your child may have a
concussion. Remember it’s better to miss one game than miss the whole season. And
when in doubt, the student sits out.

For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports/
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Digital Copy of the Concussion information
In addition to the hardcopy you received, the 2019-20 Concussion Information is also available in an electronic format. Click the link below or visit the Romeoville High School Website - go to Student life, and click on Concussion Information

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