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Concussion Information Sheet
What is a concussion?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.” 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 athlete reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.
What can happen if my child keeps playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes with the signs and symptoms of a concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms leaves the athlete vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after the concussion occurs, particularly if an athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that young athletes often under report symptoms of injuries and concussions are no different. As a result, the education of coaches, parents, and athletes is the key for safety.
What happens if you think your child has suffered a concussion?
Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from play immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. Our organization requires the consistent and uniform implementation of well established return to play guidelines:
What are the criteria for gradual return to play?
For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to:
:: Important Dates
Accepted List Available
June 3, 2013
June 15, 2013
At Tournament HQ
1 hour before first game
@Hagerstown Soccer Complex
The primary site will be Hagerstown Soccer Complex
:: Age Groups & Eligibility
Boys and girls divisions at each age
Premier and Classic at all ages,
depending on quality of entries