Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports
Add concussion awareness to your pre-game checklist.
Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports materials
There’s no doubt about it: sports are a great way for teens to stay healthy while learning important team-building skills. But there are risks to pushing the limits of speed, strength and endurance. And athletes who push the limits sometimes don’t recognize their own limitations—especially when they’ve had a concussion.
That’s where you come in. It’s up to you, as a coach, to help recognize and make the call to pull an athlete off of the field, ice, court, or track if you think s/he might have a concussion. Playing with a concussion can lead to long-term problems. It can even be fatal.
To help you properly identify and respond to a concussion, CDC, in partnership with leading experts and organizations, developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials.
So as you’re building your concussion game plan, make sure to check these boxes:
Learn concussion symptoms and danger signs
Know how to respond if a concussion occurs
Set up a four-step Heads Up Action Plan before the season starts
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For information on concussion in youth sports, see also Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports.
If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion…
don’t assess it yourself.
Take him/her out of play,
and seek the advice of a health care professional.