Introducing Concussions

This past 2011 season, US Lacrosse stepped up concussion awareness by making educational material and tightening up rules on hits to the head. Across all youth sports, we have come a long way from the days of sending a kid back into the game after “getting their bell rung.” Since Atlanta Youth Lacrosse operates under US Lacrosse youth rules it is important that we offer our members the information that US Lacrosse provides on concussions.

This week each post will focus on concussions in lacrosse, and actions that leagues across the country can use if a player shows concussive symptoms. I will clarify that these are not directions by me about how to handle concussions. I am relaying this information from far smarter people than me.

The following video from US Lacrosse in this post covers the following:

  • What is a concussion?
  • Is every concussion alike?
  • What symptoms occur when concussed?
  • What should you do if you have a concussion?
  • How can I recognize symptoms?
  • How are concussed players evaluated medically?

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse definitely subscribes to the video’s mantra of: if in doubt – sit them out. Stay tuned to the blog this week for further analyses of concussions. Plus, if we have any M.D. readers out there who would like to lend their expertise, feel free to comment below.

Cheers,
Gordon

About Lou Corsetti

Gordon is a born lacrosse official who played for ten years before realizing he'd much rather ref the game than play it. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and officiates youth, high school, and collegiate men's lacrosse games all over the southeast. His passion is educating and training officials, coaches, players, parents and all other fans on the rules of lacrosse, it's history, and how best to develop lacrosse in new areas.

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