Essential Information on Concussions in Youth Sports

Concussions are a very real risk in youth sports.  The more we learn about concussions, the more we recognize how important it is for the athlete to seek professional medical help immediately after the injury and again before returning to play — following a concussion, no athlete should ever participate in any physical activity before being cleared by a qualified health care professional.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull.

You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t.

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to provide, coaches, parents and players valuable information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

Below are very informative concussion fact sheets from Heads Up:

Heads Up App

The Heads Up app will help you learn how to spot and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury.

Download the Heads Up App — Apple’s App Store Google Play

Heads Up Online Concussion Training Course

Get prepared for the new season in less than 30 minutes (and it’s free!)

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.

Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

What Will I Learn in this Training?

This course will help you:

• Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,

• Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,

• Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and

• Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

Take The Heads Up Concussion Training Course

Below is a summary of the course materials:

Concussion Training