• Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports

    There’s no doubt about it: sports are a great way for teens to stay healthy while learning important team-building skills.  But there are risks to pushing the limits of speed, strength and endurance.  And athletes who push the limits sometimes don’t recognize their own limitations—especially when they’ve had a concussion. 

    That’s where you come in.  It’s up to you, as a coach or player or parent, to help recognize and make the call to pull an athlete off of the field, ice, court, or track if you think s/he might have a concussion. Playing with a concussion can lead to long-term problems. It can even be fatal. 
    To help you properly identify and respond to a concussion, CDC, in partnership with leading experts and organizations, developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials.
    So as you’re building your concussion game plan, make sure to check these boxes: 

    • Learn concussion symptoms and danger signs
    • Know how to respond if a concussion occurs   
    • Set up a four-step Heads Up Action Plan before the season starts
    • Educate athletes, parents, and others
    Please spend some time to watch the NCAA Concussion Video below:
    NCAA Concussion Information: HERE
    CDC Concussion Link: HERE