A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Injury Centre.
A person who experiences a concussion does not necessarily lose consciousness. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately. Effects from a concussion can be temporary or can last days, weeks or even longer.
The following websites can provide resources and information specific to parents and coaches on the prevention, identification, management and treatment of concussion:
- Canada Soccer – Concussion Guidelines – Players’ Health and Safety First
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Heads Up to Parents
- Coach – Concussion Guidelines for the Athlete
- Parachute Canada – A Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Concussions
- Parachute Canada – Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport, 2017
- Parachute Canada – Statement on Concussion Baseline Testing
- YouTube Video – Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents