Definition: A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a blow to the head or body, causing the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. This may result in altered mental function and a wide range of signs and symptoms. Athletes who continue to play while still experiencing symptoms of concussion are at significant risk for re-injury, permanent brain injury and even death.
Recognizing Concussion: All individuals involved with teams and sport activities, including players, coaches, parents, organizers, league officials, and referees/game officials should be educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion so that they can recognize the injury, remove the athlete from activity, and refer the athlete to a qualified medical professional for examination prior to allowing the athlete to return to play.
Remember: When in doubt, sit it out!
Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 3)
Information about Connecticut's Concussion Law
Information about Concussions
Concussion Signs & Symptoms Card for Coaches
Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport: 3rd Int’l. Conference on Concussion in Sport, Zurich
2010 CDC Study: Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States
Connecticut Concussion Task Force (CCTF)
The William W. Backus Hospital - Concussions in Youth Sports Video
Article: Concussion Debate at the Forefront of Youth Sports
Spanish Translation of Concussion Information