Keeping All Athletes Safe
Concussions aren’t all the same and can be difficult to recognize. Signs and symptoms may take hours or several days to appear, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms athletes may experience.
Talk to your coach immediately if you observe or experience any of these symptoms and seek care from a healthcare professional. The effects of a concussion can be short or longterm. Follow up with your physician during and after recovery to discuss the risks and benefits of continued participation in sports and to obtain written medical clearance to return to play.
- Blurred vision and/or slurred speech
- Sluggishness, confusion, or fogginess
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Inability to concentrate or noticeable memory loss
- Obvious behavioral changes
Supporting Your Teammates
With the help of great coaches and mentors, we instill positive values, teamwork, and confidence athletes need to thrive. Whether you’re a parent or an athlete, please show that you care for teammates by notifying the coach if you notice that a player seems to be showing any of the symptoms above. If a teammate is temporarily unable to participate due to injury, show your support and let them know they’re still part of the team!
Taking Time to Recover
Symptoms can take a couple of weeks or several months to subside. Adjust your child’s activity level and daily routine based on the advice of their healthcare professional. Returning to play too quickly may put athletes at risk for additional injury.
Returning to Play
The YMCA of Central Florida rules require that coaches remove your child immediately if they suspect a concussion. Medical clearance is required to return to play. Forms should be faxed to the YMCA of Central Florida Association Support Office (844-634-1379).