Toronto High Park FC takes your players health and well being seriously. It is estimated that one in five sport-related injuries are concussions. About 200,000 concussions are reported each year in Canada but the true number is likely much higher, as concussions are largely under-reported.
If you are a coach or parent and have witnessed any player experiencing a potential head injury please take all precautions to ensure that player is properly checked for a concussion.
It is important that no player continue playing until cleared by a medical doctor.
Symptoms to look for immediately:
♦ Headache ♦ Feeling mentally foggy ♦ Sensitive to light
♦ Nausea ♦ Feeling slowed down ♦ Sensitive to noise
♦ Dizziness ♦ Difficulty concentrating ♦ Irritability
♦ Vomiting ♦ Difficulty remembering ♦ Sadness
♦ Visual problems ♦ Drowsiness ♦ Nervous/anxious
♦ Balance problems ♦ Sleeping more/less than usual ♦ More emotional
♦ Numbness/Tingling ♦ Trouble falling asleep ♦ Fatigue
Red Flag Stmptoms
♦ Headaches that worsen ♦ Can't recognize people or places
♦ Seizures or convulsions ♦ Increasing confusion or irritability
♦ Repeated vomiting ♦ Weakness or numbness in arms/legs
♦ Loss of consciousness ♦ Persistent or increasing neck pain
♦ Looks very drowsy/can't be awakened ♦ Unusual behavioral change
♦ Slurred speech ♦ Focal neurological signs (e.g. paralysis, weakness, etc.)