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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

 

What is CSA's Concussion Policy?

CSA's concussion policy includes five action parts:

  1. Educate Coaches, Parents, and Athletes: Inform and educate coaches, athletes, and their parents and guardians about concussion through training and/or a concussion information sheet.
  2. Head Impact Protocol: An athlete who is believed to have a concussion is to be removed from play right away.
  3. Return to Play: An athlete can only return to play or practice after at least 24 hours and with permission from a health care professional.
  4. Verification and Enforcement: Club accountability to ensure that all steps are properly followed and documented to ensure the safety of our children.
  5. Baseline Testing: CSA has arranged for comprehensive baseline testing for all members. 

You can read the full policy here:  CSA Concussion Policy

 

Children's National Concussion Information

 

The Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National Medical Center evaluates, monitors and manages the care of children and adolescents with concussions (mild traumatic brain injury or TBI). The program consults with physicians regionally and nationally, as well as scholastic and youth recreational sports programs in which children are vulnerable to injury.

 

http://childrensnational.org/departments/safe-concussion-outcome-recovery--education-score-program

 

Baseline Testing Information

 

 Information on Baseline Testing coming soon