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Brain Injury Characteristics
Just as we did in helping to pass the landmark Zachary Lystedt Law in 2009, Washington Youth Soccer continues to work with the Brain Injury Association of Washington to help reduce the frequency and severity of brain injuries in youth soccer. Our state has proven to be on the leading edge of brain injury awareness and prevention nationwide. To prepare for the season, review the signs and symptoms of a concussion listed below
Just as each individual is unique, so is each brain injury. Physical disabilities, impaired learning and personality changes are common. Frequently reported problems include:
Physical: Speech, Hearing, Paralysis, Headaches, Vision, Seizure Disorder, Muscle Spasticity, Reduced Endurance
Cognitive Impairments: Concentration, Attention, Perceptions, Planning, Communication, Writing Skills, Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory, Judgment, sequencing, Reading Skills, Orientation.
Behavioral/Emotional Changes: Fatigue, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Restlessness, Agitation, Mood Swings, Excessive Emotions, Depression, Lack of Motivation, Inability to Cope, Self-Centeredness.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer.
The two most common concussion symptoms are confusion and amnesia. The amnesia, which may or may not be preceded by a loss of consciousness, almost always involves the loss of memory of the impact that caused the concussion.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
Some symptoms of concussions are not apparent until hours or days later. They include:
Remember, if your child shows any of the symptoms above, it is important that they see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any further injury to the brain.
For more information on brain injury, visit the Brain Injury of Washington Association online at biawa.org.
The Zackery Lystedt Law
For more information, visit washingtonyouthsoccer.org.
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