CONCUSSION IS A BRAIN INJURY THAT:
• Is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body.
• Changes the way your brain normally works.
• Occurs during practices or games in any sport or recreational activity.
• Happens even if you haven’t been knocked out.
• Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged” or “had your bell rung.” All concussions should be taken seriously. A concussion can affect your ability to do work and other activities (such working on a computer, driving, or exercising). Most people with a concussion get better, but it is important to give your brain time to heal.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION:
You can’t see a concussion, but you might notice one or more of the symptoms listed below or that you “don’t feel right” soon after, a few days after, or even weeks after the injury.
• Headache or “pressure” in the head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Bothered by light or noise • Difficulty paying attention
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy • Memory problems • Confusion
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?
• If you feel any signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, you need to tell a teamate or loved one immediately. You must be removed immediately from a game and should not return to activity until evaluated and cleared by a health care provider.
• Where possible, you should be evaluated immediately by a health care provider.
• Seek medical care within 48 hours and contact your family doctor or nurse practitioner immediately to book an appointment. A family doctor or nurse practitioner can tell if you have a concussion and when it is OK to return to play.
• Give yourself time to get better. If you have a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have another concussion. Repeat concussions can increase the time it takes for you to recover and may cause more damage to your brain. It is important to rest and not return to play until you get the OK from your health care professional that you are symptom-free.
RETURN TO PLAY:
Primary care providers can provide you with return to play protocol, and create a pathway of care action plan to best meet your individual needs.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION TELL YOUR TEAM MATE OR LOVED ONES IMMEDIATELY.