Fact Sheet for High School Athletes

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REPORT IT

Tell your coach, parent, and athletic trainer if you think you or one of your teammates may have a concussion. It’s up to you to report your symptoms. Your coach and team are relying on you. Plus, you won’t play your best if you are not feeling well.
 
GET CHECKED OUT

If you think you have a concussion, do not return to play on the day of the injury. Only a health care provider can tell if you have a concussion and when it is OK to return to school and play. The sooner you get checked out, the sooner you may be able to safely return to play.

GIVE YOUR BRAIN TIME TO HEAL 

A concussion can make everyday activities, such as going to school, harder. You may need extra help getting back to your normal activities. Be sure to update your parents and doctor about how you are feeling.


    It is different for each sport but there are steps you can take to protect yourself from a concussion. 
    • Follow your coach's rules for safety for the sport
    • Do not initiate contact with your head or helmet. You can still get a concussion if you are wearing a helmet. 
    • Avoid striking an opponent in the head. 
    • Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
    Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protection equipment (such as helmets in        
    baseball, softball and football). In order for the equipment to protect you, it must -
    • be appropriate for the game, position, and activity
    • be well maintained
    • properly fit
    • used ever time you play

  • You cannot see a concussion, but you may notice some of the symptoms right away. Pay attempt to how you are feeling after any bump, blow or jolt to your head.
  • If you notice any of the symptoms, tell your parents, coaches, and/or school athletic trainer right away. 
  • Other symptoms of a concussion may show up days or week after an injury.
  • It is best to see a healthcare professional if you think you might have a concussion. 
  • An undiagnosed concussion may affect your ability to do your schoolwork, other everyday activities, as well as your athletic play.
  • An undiagnosed concussion may put you at risk for additional serious injuries. 



HOW CAN I HELP MY TEAM?

PROTECT YOUR BRAIN.  - Avoid hits to the head and follow the rules for safe and fair play to lower your chances of getting a concussion. Ask your coaches for more tips. 

BE A TEAM PLAYER. - You play an important role as part of a team. Encourage your teammates to report their symptoms and help them feel comfortable taking the time they need to get better.









This website has information to help you protect yourself from concussion or other serious brain injury and know what to do if a concussion occurs. 


To view a printable pdf, please select HERE

















Information on this webpage is from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

This information is provided to help protect your student athletes from concu
ssion or other serious brain injury and know what to do if a concussion occurs.








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