South West Sports Trainers Association
What is Concussion?
It is a disturbance in the brain function caused by Trauma
What type of trauma cause’s concussion?
Concussion is commonly caused by impact to a player’s head. This can be from physical contact with another player or falling on the ground heavily with the head sustaining the most impact.
Can concussion be a serious injury?
Absolutely, if not managed correctly at the start. The short and long-term implications can be serious for a player.
What are Red Flags?
Are symptoms that a player has that requires them to be IMMEDIATELY removed from play unless spine or neck injuries are suspected then the game MUST stop and call an ambulance.
These symptoms that are red flags include:
Other signs and symptoms include but are not limited to:
-Loss of consciousness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, “pressure in the head”, irritability, amnesia, nervous or anxious, headache, sensitivity to noise, balance problem, feeling slowed down, more emotional, neck pain, sensitivity to light, fatigue or low energy, difficulty remembering, seizure or convulsion, drowsiness, blurred vision, sadness, feeling like in “a fog” –“don’t feel right”, difficulty concentrating
The Key Message remains the same for all concussion “If in doubt, sit them out”
Reference: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Head Check Concussion App https://aflvic.com.au/headcheck-concussion-app/ May 2018
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