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A FACT SHEET FOR ATHLETES
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that:
• Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
• Can change the way your brain normally works
• Can occur during practices or games in any sport
• Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
• Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”
How Can I Prevent a Concussion?
Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself for soccer.
• Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Practice good sportsmanship at all times
What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Bothered by light
• Bothered by noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Difficult paying attention
• Memory problems
• Does not “feel right”
What Should I do if I Think I’ve Had a Concussion?
Tell your coaches, parents and athletic trainer.
Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.
Get a medical check up.
A doctor or health care professional with knowledge in concussion management can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play
Give yourself time to get better.
If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.
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