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Concussion Safety & Protocols

Dedham Athletics takes concussion safety seriously.   Student athletes are required to complete concussion history documents at the beginning of every sports season and our coaches and training staff follow all protocols set forth by the MIAA. 



Additional Resources:

CDC Online Concussion Training

Sports Concussions New England: A local resource for concussion evaluation, training and therapy


What is a concussion? According to experts working with the CDC, a concussion…

  • is a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • is caused by traumatic force from either a direct hit to the head or a blow to the body indirectly affecting the brain.
  • disturbs the metabolic function of the brain rather than causing damage that would be visible on a standard CT Scan or MRI scan.
  • usually does not involve a loss of consciousness.
  • results in a combination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep-related symptoms that is somewhat individualized for every person.
  • recovers in a sequential process with symptoms lasting minutes to months, or even longer in some cases.
– CDC Physicians’ Tool Kit; Collins, Gioia, et al., 2006

Symptoms immediately after injury often include:

  • Headache

  • Poor Balance or Coordination

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • Nausea

  • Ringing in the Ears

  • Fatigue

  • Confusion

  • Slowed Thinking

  • Feeling “Out of It”

  • Poor Concentration and Short-term Memory

  • Vision Changes (Blurring, Double Vision, or Momentarily Seeing Colors Or Spots).