What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. The injury can range from mild-to-severe, and can disrupt the way the brain normally functions. A student-athlete does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. You might notice some of the symptoms right away other symptoms can show up within hours, days or weeks after the injury.According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 3 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United State each year. Concussions are a serious and growing public health concern, especially for students participating in contact sports. The competitive athletic culture of playing through pain or "toughing it out" puts student-athletes at serious risk of brain injury, disability, and death.Allowing a student-athlete to return-to-play before recovering from a concussion increases the chance of a more serious brain injury that can result in severe disability and/or death.Currently, many student-athletes, school personnel including coaches, parents/guardians, and others involved in interscholastic athletics lack awareness about prevention, identification, and treatment of concussions as well as when it is most appropriate for the student-athlete to return-to-play.