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What is a Concussion? • Mild traumatic brain injury • Temporary disruption of normal brain function • Caused by direct blow to the head, face and neck

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion • Athlete appears dazed or stunned • Forgets plays • Loses balance • Moves awkwardly • Cannot recall events prior to being hit • Appears groggy or sleepy • Loses consciousness If the athlete reports or exhibits any of these symptoms he or she should be kept out of play until he or she is evaluated by a medical professional. It’s OK to: • Use Tylenol or acetaminophen • Use an icepack for comfort • Eat a light meal • Go to sleep *unless

directed by a physician

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Headache Blurry vision Sensitivity to light or noise Ringing in the ears Nausea or vomiting Decreased level of consciousness • Dilated pupils • Weakness in one arm/leg • Increased irritability • Change in normal behavior If any of these symptoms develop the athlete should be taken to the emergency room

There is NO need to: • Check eyes with light • Wake up every hour • Stay in bed *Unless

directed by a physician

DO NOT: • Drink caffeinated beverages • Eat spicy foods • Drive a car • Use aspirin or other NSAIDS (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc.)

Recovery The period of recovery time will be determined by the athlete’s physician. As with any other injury rest is vital for the athlete’s recovery. Resting the brain requires minimal mental and social stimulation such as reading, texting, using the computer, watching television, listening to music, studying and completing school work. Teachers will be notified of a student who has suffered a concussion and appropriate steps regarding their academic time table will be planned.

Concussion Team Physician Parent Dean of Students Athletic Director Head Coach School Counselors

Ms. Kristin Cupillari Mr. Frederick Agnostakis Ms. Kate Gilfillan Ms. K Brown

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