Concussion in Sports

We recommend that athletes and coaches watch this 12-minute interactive concussion education film called CrashCourse, created by Teachaid.org, which is affiliated with Stanford University. Some points from the film:

  • Most concussions heal within 10 days if you take the right steps.

  • Going back into the game (immediately after a concussion) can DOUBLE your recovery time.

  • If you return to play too early (before the concussion is healed), you can be THREE times more likely to have another concussion or injury to a different part of your body.

  • You may not feel symptoms right away, they can be delayed for a couple of days.

  • These symptoms are your “invisible pass”, in the same way that you would not expect a fellow athlete in a knee brace to play. The most common symptoms are headaches, dazed or foggy, trouble with vision, light sensitivity, ringing in your ears, irritability, confusion, and/or trouble sleeping.

There is a growing movement to promote flag football for youth under the age of 14, to protect against long-term effects on the brain.

US Soccer Federation and US Soccer club header rules; research on concussions in soccer from headers and collisions.

 

Other Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent Heads Up youth sports concussion safety and education program.

Developed by the MomsTeam Institute, this program provides evidence-based sports health and safety best practices.

The Headway Foundation has an innovative “New Tough” program, as well as information and support for athletes with concussions.