Conquering Concussions – Know the Symptoms of Concussion

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Did you know: Athletes between ages 6 and 16 are the most vulnerable in suffering from premature “return to play” and “return to learn,” which focuses on a child returning to school?

Soccer is without a doubt a beautiful game enjoyed on playing fields, playgrounds, back alleys and streets alike by children across the globe. Like any activity, it is not without hazards. As in football or rugby, concussions happen in soccer, and concussions are a serious issue with long lasting implications if not addressed. We’re teaming up with the Central Arizona Center for Therapy and Imaging Services (CACTIS) Foundation and FC Tucson to get the message out to players, parents and coaches to play safe, establish baseline function and when in doubt sit it out and seek medical attention.

Step one to conquering concussions: Know what the initial symptoms of concussion are. Symptoms can include:

  1. Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  2. Temporary loss of consciousness
  3. Feeling foggy or confused
  4. Ringing in the ears
  5. Forgetting the event
  6. Feeling dizzy or “seeing stars”
  7. Feeling nauseous and/or vomiting
  8. Slurring speech and/or having a delayed response to questions
  9. Seeming  dazed
  10. Feeling fatigued.

Following a blow to the head coaches, fellow team members and parents need to look out for the above. Remember parents sometimes symptoms of concussion may be delayed by hours or even days. Make sure your player gets medical attention if the symptoms show up:

  1. Concentration and memory issues.
  2. Your child becomes irritability or shows other personality changes
  3. Becomes sensitive to light and noise
  4. Sleep patterns change and become disturbed
  5. They seem depressed or out of sorts.
  6. Their sense of taste and smell are altered.