There has been a great deal of focus regarding concussions in sport over the past decade, which has
really revolutionized our sport of football. Research regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and
other head injuries has prompted lead organizations like the NFL, CFL, and Football Canada to take the
necessary steps in changing how we approach tackling and blocking. These are positive things, as these
organizations provide coaches at all levels the tools to teach the up and coming players on keeping safe
throughout their playing careers. We as a staff at Hunting Hills, take this approach very seriously, as it
is instilled in every skill we teach.
What is a concussion?
A concussion, by definition, is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the
head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical
changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
A concussion cannot be seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way
your child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms. Concussions are usually
secondary to either direct contact (contact to head), or indirect contact (contact to body).
Either can produce forces to produce a concussion.
How are we managing concussions?
We here at Hunting Hills approach concussion awareness on a number of levels.
- All of our coaches are educated in Safe Contactand implement these
techniques in all of our skills.
- All of our players undergo a baseline concussion screening with
Collegiate Sports Medicine< prior to game play in the Fall.
- Equipment, especially helmets, are inspected prior to use in the Spring, along with occasional spot checks through the season.
- Coach Albert is a registered paramedic, and is available for any concussion assessments while on the field.
- Medical Clearance Letters (by family your physician and by Collegiate Sports Medicine) are required if a concussion has been sustained