Coaching Concussions zach church

Concussions are a major headline in the sports industry today, especially in high school sports. Coaches are responsible to be able to recognize a player who may have suffered a concussion. Many high school coaches are not as familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussions and some have yet to receive training on the matter entirely. In order to resolve this issue, coaches should be required to take an in-person class on concussions prior to the beginning of any season.

High school sports can play an integral part in shaping a teenager's life into adulthood. High school coaches sometimes do not realize the impact they may have on their student athletes. Players often look to coaches as role models and desire to be like them. However, when coaches do not know about concussions and cannot identify what a concussion may look like, they are risking the health and safety of student athletes. It is the players, not the coaches who suffer the consequences of this problem.

Sometimes, concussions are easy for coaches to identify; in many cases they are not. Unlike other sport-related injuries such as a broken leg or tooth loss, a concussion may not display any visible evidence of its existence. A concussion is an injury to the brain resulting from trauma to the head. In the graphic above, a person has been hit by a baseball on the right side of the head. The concussion is a result from the brain crashing into the skull. In some cases, concussions can cause a person to pass out or vomit. In the most severe cases, concussions may even cause bleeding on the brain, which could be life threatening if not treated quickly. Due to this, coaches need to be aware of what the signs and symptoms of concussions are to protect their student athletes.

Concussions can happen during an athletic game anywhere, anytime, and no matter what the sport. If a coach suspects a player may have suffered a concussion, the coach must remove the player from play in order for trainers to do an evaluation. By educating coaches, less concussions will go undiagnosed and players will be safer.

In this photo, a player is going through concussion protocol. This consists of several easy questions such as name, date, where they are, etc.

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