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Recognizing Concussions

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury sustained by either a direct blow or rotational forces to the head or body, causing impaired brain function and a myriad of signs and symptoms. They include, but are not limited to:

  • headache
  • loss of consciousness
  • balance problems
  • amnesia
  • confusion
  • impaired vision
  • sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • delayed reaction time
  • uncharacteristic aggressive behavior



All student-athletes will undergo baseline concussion testing utilizing multiple tools for assessing neurocognitive function, including the ImPACT software system. In the event a concussion is suspected, the student-athlete is removed from participation for evaluation and physician referral. Any student-athlete diagnosed with a concussion is not allowed to return to participation until medically cleared to do so.

The Athletic Trainer works closely with local physicians who are trained in concussion management. In the event of a concussion, the student-athlete’s instructors and the Disability Resource Center staff are contacted to coordinate care and necessary academic accommodations.

Additional Resources

California Concussion Institute

Center for Disease Control and Prevention