Are you comfortable with your knowledge of concussion?

 

– You don’t need to be hit in the head to have a concussion.

– The signs and symptoms of concussion.

– Mandates in the New Jersey Concussion Law.

– The New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association has a protocol for community based sports.

– What to do if a concussion is suspected.

– The best ways to prevent concussions.


 

– Loss of consciousness

– Dazed or blank look

– May move slowly–slow getting up

– Confusion

– Nervous or emotional

– Unsteady

– May grab their head


 

 

– Check for basic life support – ABCs! (Airway, Breathing, Consciousness)

– Check for cervical spinal injury.

– Decide whether or not to move the player to the sideline.

– Don’t leave the player alone-monitor every five minutes.

– Document what happened and give this information to parents–it will help the physician with diagnosis.

– FOLLOW UP! Insist on a note from a physician before you allow the player back to competition or practice.


 

Coach’s Concussion Card

A Parent’s Guide to Concussion

A Parent’s Guide to Concussion – Spanish Version

Steps for Parents

New Jersey Concussion Law

Model Policy

Concussion Awareness Day

New Jersey Parks and Recreation Protocol