A concussion is a brain injury and can at times be difficult to manage. The long-term health of an athlete who has sustained a concussion is dependent on a management team of coaches, referees, other athletes, school staff, physicians, and family (parent/partner/caregiver). As a coach you have an important role in recognizing and responding if an athlete has had a hit to the head or blow to the body resulting in acceleration/deceleration or rotation of the head. You also play an important role as a concussed athlete works through the Return to Sport stages.
If you suspect an athlete has a concussion, check for Red Flag symptoms immediately and review the steps on the Concussion Response Tool.
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