As the season changes from summer to fall, football enters the sports picture with several leagues and of course, high school ball kicking off in the Inland Empire.
With football comes rough tackles and tough falls. Concussions rank among the top injuries when it comes to moving the pigskin down the field, according to sport statistics.
Results from a study in the Journal of Athletic Training show that football has the highest rate of concussions in sports, with 47 such injuries per 100,000.
“Youth football participation today is higher than it has ever been in the Murrieta Community, Murrieta Rams Football and Cheer League president Mark Sanders said. ”Our coaches are required to complete concussion awareness training and certification courses to make the sport better and safer.”
Sanders added that when it comes to the Murrieta Rams Football’s leadership, football coaches are well prepared to monitor their players and know what to do when a young athlete’s well-being is in question.
Many times people who suffer concussions don’t lose consciousness, but may appear dazed and confused.
Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.
Here is a list of what coaches and parents can look for in a player who may have suffered a concussion:
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of game, score or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness, even briefly
- Shows mood, behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall.
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
The Murrieta Rams is a newer league and according to Murrieta resident and league official Maryellen Oswald, so far there haven’t been any players that have suffered concussions.
“We did have a player taken off the field in an ambulance last year, but it was unrelated to a head injury,” she explained.
For more information about concussions visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/