1. Observe for Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head.
Temporary loss of consciousness. One pupil larger than the other.
Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching).
If the concussion happens during sports, you should also keep the child out of play the day of the injury.
3. Seek Medical Attention
Have your child seen by a medical professional. They should not return to play until a medical provider says he or she is symptom-free and it’s OK to return.
4. Observe for Worsening Signs or Symptoms
Watch out for worsening headaches or new symptoms and report them immediately to your doctor.
5. Communicate with Your Coaches
Please update and advise your coaches of your child's medical status and progression. Even upon returning, coaches need to know if there is anything prudent to watch out for.