Safety’ is the word when it comes to playing football. Football tackles may lead to different injuries to players thus making me to talk about ‘concussions’
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
It’s a type of traumatic brain injury, is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth— causing the brain to bounce around or twist within the skull. This sudden movement of the brain can cause stretching and tearing of brain cells, damaging the cells and creating chemical
changes in the brain.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
These signs and symptoms may indicate that a concussion has occurred:
SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF
A concussion might have occurred to an athlete if He: Appears dazed or stunned, Is confused about assignment or position, Forgets sports plays, Is unsure of game, score, or opponent, Moves clumsily, Answers questions slowly, Loses consciousness (even briefly), Shows behavior or personality changes, Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall, Can’t recall events after hit or fall.
SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE
Headache or “pressure” in head, Nausea or vomiting, Balance problems or dizziness, Double or blurry vision, Sensitivity to light, Sensitivity to noise Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy, Concentration
or memory problems, Confusion, Does not “feel right” .
If you suspect that a player has had a concussion, you should take the following steps immediately:
- Remove athlete from play.
- Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional .
- Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
- Inform athlete ‘s parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give
them the fact sheet on concussion.
- Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care
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