Preventing Sports Concussions
"Remember, it's better to miss one game than an entire season. And better to miss the season than risk your life and future."
Signs and Symptoms of a TBI or Concussion
Some signs of a TBI may include:
- Headache or neck pain that won’t go away
- Blurred vision
- Lack of energy/tired
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of balance
- “Hurt” by loud noises or bright lights
Some changes in behavior from a TBI may include:
- Easily irritated; aggressive
- Mood changes: feeling sad, anxious
- Not interested in things that used to be enjoyed
- Confused, get lost easily
- Slow in thinking, speaking, or reading
- Hard time getting organized
- Hard time making decisions and solving problems
- Hard time paying attention
- Forgetting things that happened a few minutes or days ago
- Wear a helmet when:
- Riding an OHV/ATV, bicycle, skateboard, or scooter;
- Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing;
- Using inline skates or riding a skateboard;
- Batting and running bases in baseball or softball;
- Riding a horse; or
- Skiing or snowboarding.
- Ask your league, school, or district about concussion policies. Utah law requires youth sports organizations to have a concussion policy.
- Teach and practice safe playing techniques. Follow all rules pertaining to your sport.
- Teach athletes it’s not smart to play with a concussion. When an athlete has a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. Don’t let your athlete return to play until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.
- Replace damaged equipment promptly, especially helmets and other protective head gear. Some helmets require replacing after any impact, even if there are no visible signs of damage.