Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults. 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion? 

SIGNS observed by the coach/teacher

  • Appears dazed, confused 
  • Is confused about what's going on
  • Can't recall events before or after hits
  • Answers questions slowly 
  • Shows mood or behavior changes
  • Poor memory to instructions
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly) 

SYMPTOMS reported by student/athlete

  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Confusion
  • Concentration or memory problems
All student athletes suspected of having a concussion must be removed from the game or practice. Written clearance from a physician or certified athletic trainer is required prior to returning to play following a concussion.

Required Concussion Information Form

An "Student Athlete/Parent Concussion Information Acknowledgement" is required for students participating in after-school sports at the NBJH.    Remember it's better to miss one game than miss the whole season. When in doubt, the athlete sits out.

More information

For more information go to:   www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html