What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI,caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
Concussions Are Serious
While concussions are often referred to as "mild" brain injuries by medical providers, the effects can be serious and long-lasting especially with multiple or successive concussions.
CONCUSSION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Signs Observed by Coaching Staff
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets sports plays
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can't recall events after hit or fall
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
- Headache or "pressure" in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Does not "feel right"
RETURN TO PLAY
1) Complete Doctor Form
If you have a suspected concussion and are removed from the ice, you must see a doctor and obtain clearance before returning to the ice. Use the provided form.
According to Ohio's Return-to-Play law (ORC 3313.539 or ORC 3314.03), youth athletes who are suspected of having a concussion must be immediately removed from practice or play and cannot return on the same day. They can return to play only with written clearance from a physician or authorized healthcare provider indicating that they did not sustain a concussion.