What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following
signs of a concussion:
Symptoms reported by athlete:
Signs observed by parents/guardians:
Be alert for symptoms that worsen over time. Your child or teen should be seen in an emergency department right
away if she/he has:
How can you help your child prevent a concussion?
What should you do if you think your child has a concussion?
Please see our protocol below.
MWSC Concussion Protocol
Prior to the start of the athletic season, a meeting shall be organized by the alpine director to discuss the topic of concussion in alpine skiing.
the parent or legal guardian of the athlete, as well as team coaches.
2) The following material will be reviewed:
a. The definition of concussion
b. Signs and symptoms of the injury
c. Tips for prevention of the injury
d. Risks associated with continued play with a concussion
e. What to do if you suspect someone has sustained a concussion for
emergency and non-emergency situations
f. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 4 step
g. Additional concussion resources for parents, athletes and coaches
Baseline Testing (Suggested):
Athletes participating in alpine ski racing should receive a baseline cognitive ImPACT test. It is recommended athletes also establish baselines using tests such as the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS), the Standardized Assessment of Concussions (SAC), or other standardized assessment tests at least once during their career. Baseline tests shall be utilized by a qualified health-care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and who has received training in interpreting the test results to aid in the evaluation and treatment of all injured athletes exhibiting cognitive deficits.
Coaches Training and Role:
a) All coaches must receive online concussion training upon hire and biannually thereafter
-Completion of the “Heads Up to Clinicians Concussion Training” provided online by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the required course.
b) Evidence of training must be kept on file by the alpine director
2) Role in Injury Assessment
3) Role in Return to activity
Additional Resources and Educational Material:
For more information, please visit the CDC’s “Heads Up” website.