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Concussion in High School Sports

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or by a hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Although one concussion is seldom life-threatening, the effects can still be quite serious.

If you would like to schedule a free concussion training or presentation for your group, please contact Steve Nedbalek at (405) 271-3430 or email SteveN@health.ok.gov

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Oklahoma Law about Sports-related Head Injury

Effective November 1, 2016, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts and youth sports organizations or associations develop policies and procedures to inform and educate coaches, game officials, team officials, athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. In addition, players who are suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play and may not participate until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care professional. (70 O.S. § 24-155).

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials to help coaches and parents properly identify and respond to concussions in high school student athletes. Materials include: 

  • Heads Up Guide for Coaches
  • A clipboard sticker with concussion facts for quick reference
  • Posters to promote concussion awareness
  • Wallet cards to assist coaches with quick reference and contact information
  • Fact sheets for athletes and parents in English and Spanish
  • Smartphone app (iPhone and Android) for concussion recognition and recommendations

Online Training for Coaches, Trainers, and Officials

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Other Resources

Publications from the Injury Prevention Service

Contact Us

Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-3430

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