SCMAF recognizes the need for increased awareness about concussions, head injuries and brain trauma. SCMAF is aware that concussions in sports are an extremely important topic for coaches and parents of young athletes no matter the sport. The Sports Concussion Institute estimates that between 5-10% of all athletes will experience a concussion during a given season and those numbers increase for contact sports such as football and soccer.
In order to assist SCMAF's membership, coaches, officials, parents and players, a number of resources have been made available.
The CDC HEADS UP to Youth Sports Program offers a free online course to help keep athletes safe from concussions. It also provides tool kit materials and fact sheets to help educate yourself and others about sports-related concussions.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury or trauma caused by a hit or blow to the head. Concussions can range from mild to severe and can occur even if the athlete doesn't lose consciousness. If untreated, concussions in youth athletes can change the way their brain works and can lead to long-term developmental problems including permanent brain damage.
Symptoms and Signs of a possible concussion in youth players:
Recommended Return to Play Procedures/Tips:
If a player is suspected of having a concussion, they NEED to seek medical attention immediately.
The links and resources below give additional information on facts about concussions, signs and symptoms, suggestions for prevention and treatment.