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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.

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

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:

  • Fact sheets about concussion for coaches, athletes, and parents;
  • A clipboard sticker with concussion facts for coaches;
  • A poster with concussion facts for coaches and sports administrators;
  • A quiz for coaches, athletes, and parents to test their concussion knowledge;
  • Parent/athlete concussion information sheet for distribution during sign-up;
  • A magnet with concussion facts for coaches and parents.

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

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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