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Concussion Awareness

If you need medical advice for an injured child, please call 911, seek a doctor or go to your local ER immediately.

US Lacrosse has taken a lead in the education and awareness of concussions and has teamed up with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ImPACT Alliance, and many more organizations and resources to help players, parents and coaches recognize and understand this brain injury. There are also Youtube videos, phone apps and many more websites dedicated to concussion awareness. 
 

  • A concussion is caused by violent shaking or jarring of the brain, and may may cause alterations in cognitive function, vision, eye movement, facial movement, or speech. Contrary to popular belief, no helmet in any sport can prevent a concussion.  
  • You can't see a concussion.  
  • Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.  


Concussion Resources

 The Concussion Center of Fairfield County is the first comprehensive medical center in lower Fairfield County dedicated to the assessment, management and education of concussions. Here they describe the signs and symptoms of concussions:
 

  Signs Observed by Parents, Guardians,  or Coaches
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall
  Symptoms Reported by Athlete    
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”


The US Lacrosse Health and Safety committee has dedicated vast amounts of time, energy and webspace to concussion awareness. USL works closely with The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has formed a strategic alliance with ImPACT Applications, Inc (ImPACT) to launch a formal Concussion Management Program for lacrosse players that offers concussion testing, education, awareness and state-of-the-art standards of care. The Concussion Center of Fairfield County offers ImPACT testing.

Click here for the USLacrosse Video on Concussions

If you need medical advice for an injured child, please call 911, seek a doctor or go to your local ER immediately.