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CONCUSSION FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS

A Fact Sheet for PARENTS

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not "feel right"

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION?

Every sport is different, but there are steps your children can take to protect themselves from concussion.

  • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times .
  • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly. Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?

A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports.
  • Keep your child out of play.
Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play until a health care professional says it’s 01<. Children who return to play too soon-while the brain is still healing-risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.
  • Tell your child’s coach about any recent concussion.
Coaches should know if your child had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

It’s better to miss one game than the whole season. free-af-charge, visit: For more detailed information on concussion and traumatic brain injury, visit:

WWW.Cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports WWW.Cdc.gov/injury

 

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  1. Seek medical attention right away.

 

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a "dinq," "getting your bell runq, " or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.

If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

WHY KIDS WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS?
Why do children want to play organized sports? What are their goals, hopes and aspirations? Each child has his or her own specific answers to these questions. Understanding their reasons for wanting to play sports is a critical first step towards helping children to have the best possible experiences in sport. Articles in magazines and newspapers as well as some coaching textbooks often suggest that socialization is a major value of participating in youth sports. Certainly, learning to work together in a group and striving to achieve group goals are potentially important outcomes. Learning about and practicing sportsmanship also is a worthwhile goal as is understanding how to deal with success and failure-winning and losing.
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WHAT KIDS WANT IN A COACH
An article from www.kidshealth.org

"Put me in, coach!"

That’s what most kids said in response to our survey about coaches. More than 60% of boys and girls said that - more than anything else - coaches should give everyone a chance to play. Giving everyone a chance to play ranked above teaching new skills (27%) and even winning (9%).

Did you think that kids would say "winning is everything"? Think again. Most kids didn’t think winning was all that important. Only 7% of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, whereas about 18% of boys said so. It sounds like kids think that too much importance is given to winning at all costs. And many adults are starting to think that changes are needed in youth sports. Why? Because as youth sports have become more intense and competitive, it has put a lot of pressure on kids.


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SYA SOCCER VALUES THE FOLLOWING ES GREATLY

ENJOYMENT for everyone

EXCELLENCE – age appropriate, proper motivation

EDUCATION – 10-15 years---5-19

ENVIRONMENT – safe and developmentally appropriate

Great Experience for the players

Goals for SYA Soccer and each coach:

#1 Goal:  Character and personal development:  become a better person and citizen through participating in sports

#2 Goal:  Life skills:  self confidence, character, self-discipline, cooperation, friendship, industriousness, self-control, reliability, initiative, work ethic, do our best and play to win

#3 Goal:  Learn and acquire skills

#4 Goal:  Learn to play skillfully and smart

#5 Goal:  Teach team play and principles of play

#6 Goal:  Make friends, belong to a team, feel wanted and safe

#7 Goal:  Foster life long love for exercise

#8 Goal:  Appreciate and cultivate a healthy lifestyle:  no drugs, alcohol, or any other unhealthy lifestyle.


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