Concussion in Sports
Bulkley Valley Youth Soccer wants to ensure that all coaches, parents and players have access to important information with regards to signs and symptoms of a Concussion. A Concussion is very serious and our children are particularly susceptible to this condition as they engage in more and more sports in our community.
If you suspect your player or any other player, is displaying signs of a Concussion, it is important to follow the general rule: IF IN DOUBT SIT THEM OUT. It is not worth the risk to continue as Concussions need to be treated immediately or you risk making the condition worse.
If your player has been diagnosed with a Concussion it is important to make your coach aware of the situation and ensure that they follow the 6 STEP RETURN TO SPORT GUIDELINES, outlined here: Think First Concussion Guidelines
CONCUSSION INFORMATION by Think First Canada
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that causes alteration in the way an individual thinks and remembers things, and can cause a variety of symptoms. A concussion cannot be seen on x-rays or CT scans.
What causes a concussion?
Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head, may cause a concussion (for example, motor vehicle crash, hit on the head by an object, fall).
What are the symptoms and signs of concussion?
It is important to know that the individual does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion.
- May not know time, date, place, details of their circumstance
- General confusion
- Cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
- Knocked out
- Feels dazed
- Feels dinged or stunned; 'having my bell rung'
- See stars; flashing lights
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of vision
- Sees double
- Stomach ache, pain or nausea
- Other Problems
- Poor co-ordination or balance
- Blank stare/glassy eyed
- Slurred speech
- Slow to answer or follow directions
- Easily distracted or poor concentration
- Strange or inappropriate emotions (laughing, crying or getting mad easily)
- Not performing as well
Click here for more detailed information about treating Concussions: Think First Concussion Guidelines