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Concussion in Youth 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.
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, which includes tools and information to help coaches, parents, and athletes prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. Materials contain practical, easy-to-use information (many are available in English and Spanish) including:
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).
Online Training for Coaches and Trainers
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publications from the Injury Prevention Service
Injury Prevention Service
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