All of our coaches are trained by US Lacrosse in concussion awareness and prevention. For additional information, parents should visit the CDC site “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” . Parents should become very familiar with this website. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. An athlete does not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion.
Common Concussion Symptoms
- difficulty concentrating
- easily confused
- slowed thought processes
- difficulty with memory
- lack of energy
- poor balance
- blurred vision
- sensitive to light and sounds
- mood changes; irritable, anxious, or tearful
- No athlete may return to game play or practice on the same day of a concussion.
- Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be evaluated by an appropriate health care professional that day.
- Any athlete with a concussion must be medically cleared by an appropriate health care professional prior to resuming participation in any practice or competition.
- After medical clearance, the decision for a player to return to play should follow a step-wise protocol. There also should be provisions for delaying a player’s return based on any signs or symptoms of a concussion.
- Return to play guidelines are subject to state regulations
Should an injury or incident take place during a game. Please notify a coach and/or Mad Dogs Board Member immediately in the most efficient manner possible given the circumstances. In the event of significant injury, please call 911 immediately.