Community based youth sports programs are different from interscholastic sports in terms of organizational structure, accountability, and training coaches and staff. Often, the only adult in charge of a community-based sports event is a volunteer parent.

Yes, there are some differences. Younger children:

– do not lose consciousness as easily as teens or adults.
– may not have the language to describe symptoms.
– are more likely to complain they just “don’t feel good.”
– are more likely to act out behaviorally.



– be diligent in observing any changes in typical behavior
– recognize when things are not going well
– make sure the physician’s recommendations are being followed
– monitor for worsening symptoms in the immediate hours and days after the concussive event

Download the Parent’s Guide to Concussion – English Version

Download the Parent’s Guide to Concussion – Spanish Version

Download the Center for Disease Control’s Rocket Blades Concussion App

Click here to see the NJ Concussion Law.

Click here to see the NJ Model Policy on Concussion.

Click here to learn about Gradual Return to School.

Click here to see the Return to Play Protocol.

Click here to see NJ Recreation and Parks Association Guidelines.