It’s always important to play by the rules and wear the proper equipment, but even when we do, there’s still a risk of injury in sports.
And unfortunately, concussions can be one of those injuries. The good news is that our medical experts have developed and identified resources that can help guide you back to good health.
what is a concussion?
In very basic terms, a concussion is an impairment of the brain’s normal function, usually caused by a blow to the head that causes a jarring of the brain. Concussions may cause alterations in cognitive function, vision, eye movement, facial movement, or speech.
have a plan
Having a written concussion management plan is a recommended first step. USA Lacrosse has outlined the important components that should be part of your local plan.
Research on Women's Headgear
Findings from a new research study measuring the effects of headgear in high school girls lacrosse indicate that headgear is associated with a reduction in the magnitude of overall impacts but not a change in the rate of impacts, how they occur, or how penalties were administered during competition.
CDC Concussion Resources
USA Lacrosse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered to develop a number of educational resources regarding concussions. These resources for athletes and parents, titled Heads Up, contain practical, easy-to-use information designed to help reduce the numbers of this type of injury.
Hear Their Stories
The Concussion Story Wall is a collection of personal video accounts with concussions, from injury to diagnosis, recovery, and beyond. While each injury is unique, hearing another person’s account could help offset some of the fear and anxiety that surrounds a concussion. .