A concussion is caused by bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity.
In an effort to keep all players safe and all parents and volunteers informed of concussions, AYSO has launched a Concussion Task Force with the goal of spreading concussion awareness. If you suspect your son or daughter has suffered a concussion, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that you take these three steps:
1. Remove your son/daughter from play in any athletic event.
Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. When in doubt, keep the child out of play.
2. Get your son/daughter evaluated by a medical professional experienced in evaluating concussions.
Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Health care professionals have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions.
3. Keep your child out of play until a medical professional gives him/her the OK to return.
After a concussion, returning to sports is a gradual process that should be carefully managed and monitored by a health care professional.
For more information on concussions, visit the CDC Heads Up website