A concussion is an injury to the brain resulting from an impact to the head. Concussions are a risk for any athlete, but are a particular concern for those participating in cheerleading due to the nature of the activity involving height, inversion and rotation of the body as well as physical interaction and contact with other team members.

The Warning Signs of A Concussion

Coaches, parents and cheerleaders need to be alert to the warning signs of a concussion. If a cheerleader suffers a forceful bump or blow to the head or body, or if there is any change in a cheerleader’s behavior, response time or performance, look for the following signs:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination or balance issues
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Feelings of sluggishness
  • Memory or concentration problems

 

We have gathered several resources below to assist cheerleaders, parents, coaches, administrators and athletic trainers properly manage a concussion sustained by a cheerleader.