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Washington State Concussion Law

Athelete's Concussion Resources Fact Sheet

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury that:

  • Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
  • Can change the way your brain normally works
  • Can occur during practices or games in any sport
  • Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
  • Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light
  • Bothered by noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?

  • Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.
  • Get a medical checkup. A doctor or health care professional can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play.
  • Give yourself time to get better. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.

HOW CAN I PREVENT A CONCUSSION?
Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment.  In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
    o The right equipment for the game, position, or activity
    o Worn correctly and fit well
    o Used every time you play

Remember, you can’t always see a concussion and sometimes you may not experience and/or report symptoms until hours or days after the injury. It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

For more detailed information on concussion and traumatic brain injury, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/injury

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

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