Concussion Information and Education:
With the passage of HB 284 – Return to Play Act by the Georgia Legislature in 2013, new requirements to educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents on the dangers of concussions in competitive youth athletic activities became effective for all competitive sports in January 2014. The Georgia Department of Public Health is referring everyone to the “Heads Up -Concussion in Youth Sports” program offered by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation. (GCPR) will use the before mentioned education program for all competitive sports provided by GCPR, and will recommend the same education program to all youth sports partners (Gwinnett County Athletic Associations (GCAA) and Gwinnett County Summer Swim Leagues (GCSSL)) that utilize GCPR facilities.
A link to the program on the CDC website can be found here: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html
Parents, Coaches and assistant coaches are strongly encouraged to view the “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports” online course from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This online course can be found at the link listed below.
A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. It is important to note that an athlete does not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion.
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or fuzzy vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feeling foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Signs Observed by Others
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment
Is unsure of game, score or opponent
Answers questions slowly
Shows behavior or personality changes
Cannot recall events prior to hit
Cannot recall events after hit
Suspected Concussion Procedures for GCPR Provided Programs:
A. Any participant exhibiting the signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion or head injury: (1) must be immediately removed from the activity. Remember: When In Doubt Sit Them Out!
B. The injured participant’s parent or guardian should be immediately notified of the suspected concussion or head injury so they can be taken and evaluated by an appropriate healthcare professional.
C. An Accident or Injury Report Form must be submitted to GCPR within 24 hours or on the next business day following the incident.