Preventing Sports Concussions

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

Prevention Tips

  • 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.