What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a bump or blow to the head, and it can change the way the brain normally works.
Did You Know?
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
- Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion
- Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults
Concussions are a type of injury caused by a blow or bump to the head that disrupts the way the cells in the brain normally work. They are one of the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreation activities. Most sports-and recreation-related concussions seen in emergency departments each year (65%) occur among youth ages 5–18. While many of these injuries may be considered mild, they can result in health consequences such as impaired thinking, memory problems, and emotional or behavioral changes.
“When in Doubt, Sit them Out”
It's better to miss one game than the whole season
HEADS UP is a series of educational initiatives, developed by CDC, that all have a common goal: Protect kids and teens by raising awareness and informing action to improve prevention, recognition, and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries.
For more information on concussions in youth sports, please refer to the attachments on this page, or go to www.cdc.gov/concussion.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW & DOWNLOAD CONCUSSION INFORMATION:
HEADSMART HANDBOOK FOR UNDERSTANDING CONCUSSIONS
CONCUSSION SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
CONCUSSION PARENT-ATHLETE INFO. SHEET
CONCUSSION INFO. FOR ATHLETES
CONCUSSION FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS
CONCUSSION FACT SHEET FOR COACHES
For ImPact concussion baseline testing information, please go to www.a-headofthegame.com. ImPact is software that is used in all pro sports, Collegiate sports, most private and some public HS's. It is a computerized neuro-cognitive test that is given to athletes prior to getting a concussion. You have probably heard or read about it somewhere. If and when an athlete gets a concussion they are re-tested. The physicians use the test to compare to see how bad the concussion is by comparing it to the BASELINE. The athlete is continually re-tested and until they are back to baseline they are kept out of contact sports. The physicians are allowing time for the brain to heal and do not want to put them at risk for getting another concussion.
Jeannine Donato, A-HeadoftheGame founder and Registered Nurse experienced in Head Trauma at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, has teamed up with Children's Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Sports Concussion NE, and Dr. David Morin. They are all Credentialed ImPACT consultants in MA. A-HeadoftheGame is a Baseline Impact Provider only. We give the test to athletes prior to getting onto the field or ice (pre-concussion) and to children starting at age 11. Jeannine Donato, R.N., is the only person in the US that IMPACT has given the software to outside of a school or organization and has an office in Norwell booking appointments by request. Contact Jeannine Donato by
Symptoms of a Concussion
- Balance Problems
- Visual Disturbance
- Sensitivity to Light & Noise
- Headache (pressure in the head)
- Changes in Vision