Unfortunately, concussions in youth sports, especially full contact sports such as football and hockey, are not an uncommon occurrence.
A concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head or even from a blow to the body that causes the head to unexpectedly snap back. Contrary to what some may believe, a player doesn’t have to be completely knocked out in order to suffer from a concussion. In fact, most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness.
And it doesn’t take a major hit to do damage either; even a relatively “small” collision with another player can result in a concussion.
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms a youth athlete might have after suffering a concussion:
Keep in mind that some athletes might not feel or report the side effects of a concussion until well after the game. When it doubt, take the player out of the game. If a youth athlete is suffering from a concussion the last thing you want is him or her taking another blow to the head.
Here are some really interesting statistics about concussions among youth athletes:
The CDC has put out a bunch of great fact sheets and resources for coaches, parents and youth athletes about concussions. Click here for more information.