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Concussion Awareness

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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that:

  • Is caused by a blow to the head or body.
    - From contact with another player, hitting a hard surface such as the ground, ice or floor, or being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat, stick or hard ball.

  • Can change the way your brain normally works.

  • Can range from mild to severe.

  • Presents itself differently for each athlete.

  • Can occur during practice or competition in ANY sport.

  • Can happen even if you do not lose consciousness.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?

You can't see a concussion, but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up hours or days after the injury. Concussion symptoms include:

  • Amnesia

  • Confusion

  • Headache

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Balance problems or dizziness

  • Double or fuzzy vision

  • Sensitivity to light or noise

  • Nausea (feeling that you might vomit)

  • Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy

  • Feeling unusually irritable

  • Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays, facts, meeting times)

  • Slowed reaction time

Exercise or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games may cause concussion symptoms (such as headache or tiredness) to reappear or get worse.

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

Don't hide it. Tell your team leaders and coach/instructor. Never ignore a blow to the head. Also, tell your team leaders and coach/instructor if one of your teammates might have a concussion.

Report it. Do not return to participation in a game, practice or other activity with symptoms. The sooner you get checked out, the sooner you may be able to return to play.

Get checked out. A health care professional (ex: MIT Medical) can tell you if you have had a concussion and when you are cleared to return to play. A concussion can affect your ability to perform everyday activities, your reaction time, balance, sleep and classroom performance.

Take time to recover. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a repeat concussion. In rare cases, repeat concussions can cause permanent brain damage, and even death. Severe brain injury can change your whole life.

It's better to miss one game than the whole season. When in doubt, get checked out.

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I fully recognize that there are dangers and risks to which I may be exposed by participating in events, practices, conditioning, competitions, and travel pertaining to Triathlon Club.

I acknowledge that I have a duty to provide appropriate team leaders, coaches/instructors, and the Club Sports Office with timely notice of any subsequent injuries or illnesses (including concussions) which might impair my ability to participate in the club sports program, or be detrimental to my health and safety, or that of fellow participants.

I confirm that I have read and understand the information provided above. I will address any questions I have to a health professional (ex: MIT Medical). I understand how to recognize symptoms potentially associated with concussions and what I am to do if I experience symptoms myself or observe them in my teammates and/or fellow student-athletes.