Concussion awareness

Don't be mistaken. Learn what you need to know about concussions.

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Learn what a concussion is, the signs and symptoms and what you should do if a player has suffered a concussion.

Concussion signs & symptoms

A player experiencing any signs or symptoms may have suffered a concussion.

signs of a Concussion

Appears
dazed or
stunned
Appears
confused
about assignment
or position
Forgets
plays
Unsure of
game, score
or opponent
Loses
consciousness
(even briefly)
Shows
behavior or
personality
changes
Can't recall events
prior to or after the
hit or fall

Symptoms of a Concussion

Headache
or pressure
in the head
Nausea or
vomiting
Balance
problems or
dizziness
Double
or blurry
vision
Sensitivity
to light or
noise
Concentration
or memory
problems
Feeling sluggish, hazy,
foggy
or groggy

A Must Read for Young Athletes

Download the Player
Concussion Facts Card

Action Plan

What coaches should do when a concussion is suspected.

  • 1

    Remove the athlete from play.

  • 2

    Ensure the athlete is evaluated immediately by an appropriate health care professional.

  • 3

    Inform the athlete's parents or guardians of the possible concussion.

  • 4

    Only allow the athlete to return to participation after he or she is cleared by an appropriate health care professional and institute your league's return-to-play policy.

Download the CDC / USA Football concussion clipboard sticker.
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Important Phone Numbers
  • Action Plan

Fundamentals & fitting

Reducing helmet-to-helmet contact and ensuring equipment is properly fitted advances player health and safety.

Injury reporting tool

Coming soon to USA Football's app.

Coaches can easily generate injury reports and share them with parents or guardians.