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CONCUSSION AWARENESS

CONCUSSIONS IN YOUTH SPORTS

Information Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and USA Football

The Saints has a huge interest in the safety of our participants, and concussions in youth sports is a major focus item for several highly-respected institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Football League (NFL), and USA Football. We share their concerns regarding concussions and is providing the information on this page for coaches, parents and our players to increase everyone's awareness of concussions and their potential impact on our young athletes.


Fast Facts

  • A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious.
  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
  • Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.


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 that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.


Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.


fact sheet for coaches.pdf 
fact sheet for parents.pdf

 

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