A concussion is a brain injury that impacts the way the brain functions. When athletes have been hit in the head, or fallen and hit their head against the ground, it is important to check to see if they show signs of a concussion. These symptoms may or may not be immediately noticeable, but include:
Players with symptoms like the above after a blow to the head should NOT return to play the day the injury occurred, and should seek medical attention right away.
Additionally, new laws require that any player with a concussion must see a medical provider prior to returning to play or training. For more information on concussions, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp.