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Recreational Sports

Recreational sports such as soccer or volleyball, a friendly game of tag, or simply playing on a playground are fun, a great way to interact with others and a wonderful source of exercise. But as with most things, there are risks involved. But avoiding the risk for injury doesn’t mean staying on the sidelines!

Here are some things to be aware of while still having fun.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the brain to bounce around inside the skull. Medical providers often describe a concussion as a “mild” TBI because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects can be serious.

Concussion Signs or Symptoms
Concussion Signs Observed 
  • Can't recall events prior to or after a hit or fall
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction,is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly) 
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes 
Concussion Symptoms Reported 
  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
  • Just not "feeling right" or "feeling down

Sometimes these show up immediately after the injury, but it is not uncommon for them to appear hours or days later. If these signs appear, seek medical attention.

Additional Information and Resources 
Deaconess Concussion Clinic
CDC - Heads UpUnlink
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