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Concussion Recognition and Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe concussion as "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.
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).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed concussion management materials that provide information on how to prevent, recognize and respond to a concussion. Heads Up materials are available for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, teachers, school nurses and administrators, and health care professionals. Most are available in English and Spanish.
Get free Heads Up materials for your organization or staff.
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury products from the Injury Prevention Service:
Injury Prevention Service
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