Concussion Management Information
Information regarding the Concussion Management Awareness Act can be found at the following address:
Highland Central School District's Board Policy for Concussion Management can be found here:
https://ny02215766.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/NY02215766/Centricity/Domain/158/7516%20Concussion%20Management.pdf CT SHEET FORh School Parents
This sheet has information to help protect your teens from concussion or other serious brain injury.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—
caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the
body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back
and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce
around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the
brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.
How Can I Help Keep
My Teens Safe?
Sports are a great way for teens to stay healthy and can help
them do well in school. To help lower your teens’ chances of
getting a concussion or other serious brain injury, you should:
• Help create a culture of safety for the team.
o Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion. o Emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and
taking time to recover from one.
o Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and
the rules of the sport.
o Tell your teens that you expect them to practice good
sportsmanship at all times.
• When appropriate for the sport or activity, teach your
teens that they must wear a helmet to lower the chances
of the most serious types of brain or head injury. There
is no “concussion-proof” helmet. Even with a helmet, it is
important for teens to avoid hits to the head.
How Can I Spot a
Teens who show or report one or more of the signs and
symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel
right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may
have a concussion or other serious brain injury.
Signs Observed by Parents
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or
position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall
Symptoms Reported by Teens
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision
• Bothered by light or noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
• Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”
Talk with your teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion
symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some teens think concussions aren’t serious
or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look
weak. Remind them that it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.
GOOD TEAMMATES KNOW:
IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.