Kids and Concussions - Play it Safe
Have you heard about sports concussions or concussion injuries and wondered what that really means? It's as simple as bumping your head while playing and not quite feeling OK after that.
If that ever happens to you:
- Don't be afraid to tell someone about it
- Talk to your coach or teammates on the field
- Tell your parents, brother or sister, or a friend
Just be sure to tell someone right away and know that it's OK to stop playing. Or if it’s a teammate who is injured, don’t put pressure on him or her to return to a game. It’s not cool. It could be a serious injury.
For more information about concussions, please call the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix, Arizona, at (602) 839-7285.
Sports Physicals and Baseline Concussion Testing
Throughout the summer, the Banner Concussion Center and Sports Medicine Clinic will offer Pre-Participation Physicals and Baseline Concussion Testing for youth athletes. The sports physical will be performed by a board-certified physician in sports medicine and internal medicine. Learn more
When to Stop Playing
So how do you know when to stop after you’ve bumped your head when you fell or someone or something hit you? Here are things to watch out for and to tell someone right away if:
- Your head hurts or you feel lots of pressure
- You feel like throwing up (vomiting)
- You’re feeling dizzy or woozy and can’t walk straight
- You can’t see properly and things are looking fuzzy
- The sun or any light feels too bright and you want to close your eyes
- Any noise is bugging you too much
- You feel very tired and can’t focus or feel confused
- You can’t seem to remember things
- Something does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”
Playing while it still hurts does not mean you're being strong or brave. It’s OK to just say ‘No, I’m not feeling right.’
You may feel sad and upset at not being able to play, but just remember: How you feel is more important than finishing the game. It’s OK to walk away, get better and then return on the field.