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Concussion Education and Awareness

Why concussion management is important

Concussion is a common injury, but is often difficult to diagnose and treat. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. Of those injured, 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 52,000 die. Almost half a million of the emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury are children aged 14 years and under. *
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreational activity. Sports with high risk* of concussion injury include:
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cheerleading

Concussion signs and symptoms1

An athlete may have a concussion if he or she has one or more of the following symptoms after a bump or blow to the head:
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right”

The Play It Safe Concussion CareSM program advantage

This program combines awareness and education, neurocognitive testing, access to medical professionals trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and excess insurance coverage to help protect the financial well-being of your family.

Additional resources

Advocates for Injured Athletes (AIA)

AIA seeks to strengthen injury prevention in high school sports by promoting the use of certified athletic trainers. They are planning to offer grants that enable high schools to employ full-time athletic trainers.

aHead of the GameSM

This Chartis Insurance initiative helps coaches, parents, and young athletes learn the signs and symptoms of concussions, seek proper treatment, and follow appropriate return-to-play protocols.

CDC Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

Through this initiative, the CDC provides information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.


ConcussionWise is a family of online education programs, offered by Sport Safety International, designed to provide up-to-date information on concussion prevention, recognition, care, and recovery.

ImPACT test

A comprehensive guide to the ImPACT test, including test features, a sample clinical report, administration, test interpretation, and ImPACT best practices.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)

NATA is a professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.

NFL Health & Safety: Concussion Legislation by State

The NFL provides state-by-state updates on pending and passed concussion legislation.

Contact us

To learn more about our Play It Safe Concussion Care program, or how your school or sports organization can enroll, please contact Mike Lamb at 1-888-857-9504 or

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1 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See for more information.
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