Ho’on Dojo takes every precaution to be a safe as possible while training. Though this is a combat art that takes swift precision, accidents can still happen. Because of this, we want you to know all the risks associated.
We would like to provide you information to help you protect yourself from a concussion or other serious brain injuries and know what to do if a concussion occurs.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works. It can happen when your brain gets bounced around in your skull after a fall or hit to the head.
What should I do if I think I have a concussion? Report it.
Tell your coach, parent, and athletic trainer if you think you or one of your
teammates may have a concussion. It’s up to you to report your symptoms. Your coach and team are relying on you. Plus, you won’t play your best if you are not feeling well. Get Checked Out If you think you have a concussion, do not return to play on the day of the injury. Only a health care provider can tell if you have a concussion and when it is OK to return to school and play. The sooner you get checked out, the sooner you may be able to safely return to play. Give Your Brain Time To Heal. A concussion can make everyday activities, such as going to school, harder. You may need extra help getting back to your normal activities. Be sure to update your parents and doctor about how you are feeling.
Why should I tell my sensei/parent about my symptoms?
Playing or practicing with a concussion is dangerous and can lead to a longer recovery. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have another concussion. This can put you at risk for a more serious injury to your brain and can even be fatal.
How can I tell if I have a concussion?
You may have a concussion if you have any of these symptoms after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:
- Get a headache
- Feel dizzy, sluggish, or foggy
- Are bothered by light or noise
- Have double or blurry vision
- Vomit or feel sick to your stomach
- Have trouble focusing or problems remembering
- Feel more emotional or “down”
- Feel confused
- Have problems with sleep
- Concussion symptoms usually show up right away, but you might not notice that something “isn’t right” for hours or days.
A concussion feels different to each person, so it is important to tell your parents and doctor how you are feeling.
How can I help my team? Protect your brain.
Avoid hits to the head and follow the rules for safe and fair play to lower your chances of getting a concussion. Ask your coaches for more tips. Be A Team Player. You play an important role as part of a team. Encourage your teammates to report their symptoms and help them feel comfortable taking the time they need to get better. GOOD TEAMMATES KNOW: “IT’S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.”
The information provided in this document or through linkages to other sites is not a substitute for medical or professional care. Questions about diagnosis and treatment for concussion should be directed to a physician or other health care provider. Further information can be found on the CDC Website.