HEADS UP to High School Sports: Officials

Sports are a great way for children and teens to stay healthy and can help them do well in school. As a high school official, your actions help set the tone for safe play and can help lower an athlete’s chances of getting a concussion or other serious injury. Learn more about concussion in high school sports, how you can create a culture of safety at a game or competition, and more.

Fact Sheet for High School Sports Officials
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Information to help you protect athletes from concussion or other serious brain injury, learn how to spot a concussion, and know what to do if a concussion occurs.

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Fact Sheets for Youth Sports Officials

Watch for possible concussions. Use injury timeouts to ensure that an athlete with a possible concussion is removed from play. When in doubt, sit them out! Enforce the rule than an athlete with a possible concussion cannot return to play on the same day of the injury and until seen and cleared by a health care provider. As many as 25% of the concussions reported among high school athletes result from aggressive or illegal play activity. Enforce safe play. You set the tone for safety.
HEADS UP Coaches - Concussion in Youth Sports

For information on concussion in youth sports, see HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports.


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