Every year, players of all ages in all sports receive concussion injuries during games and practice.Characterized by an impairment of the brain’s normal function and caused by violent shaking or jarring of the brain, concussions may cause alterations in cognitive function, vision, eye movement, facial movement, or speech. Contrary to popular belief, no helmet in any sport can prevent a concussion.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a blow or jolt to the head that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Coaches, administrators and trainers play a key role in helping to prevent concussion and in managing it properly if it occurs.
US Lacrosse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have partnered to develop a number of educational resources regarding concussions. These resources, titled Heads Up, contain practical, easy-to-use information designed to help reduce the numbers of this type of injury.
Follow this link to find the online concussion training for coaches or click on the CDC Information on Concussions button below. Click on the Heads Up Resources for Lacrosse to find clipboard stickers and fact sheets for coaches, parents and players. Download the Heads Up App to install an application on your smartphone to support real time response if you think that your child or a player may have suffered a concussion or brain injury.
CDC Information on Concussions
Heads Up Resources for Lacrosse
Download the Heads Up App