Concussion Education and Recommendations for Youth Athletic Activities 

Concussions:  Concussion EducationPost-Concussion Management Plan

Introduction

In 2013 Senator David Sanders and Representative Gary Deffenbaugh sponsored the “The Arkansas Concussion Protocol Act” that required the Arkansas Department of Health to provide and disseminate protocols appropriate for all youth athletic activities. The purpose of this act is to increase concussion awareness and establish a unified set of guidelines. These recommended guidelines are designed to serve all youth up to the age of 19 years of age who are engaged in competitive athletic activity.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head that causes the brain to move inside of the skull.  A concussion:

  • Can occur from a direct or indirect blow to the head.
  • Should be taken seriously.
  • Is one of the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities.



Getting Informed: Concussion Education 

The information provided in this section is for parents, coaches, volunteers, and league administrators.  Click on the information below for resources on conducting concussion education for your youth athletic activity or for steps to take when you suspect a brain injury has occurred:

Concussion Education (Toolkit)
Post-Concussion Management Plan (including forms)

CDC Heads Up App

CDC's Heads Up app helps parents and others learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of a concussion and explains what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury. The app also includes information on selecting the right helmet for an activity and other detailed helmet safety information.

Additional Resources

Special Acknowledgements
In the process of developing these concussion protocols, they are better because we have worked together and we acknowledge the important contribution of these partners.

  • Arkansas Activities Association (AAA)
  • Arkansas Athletic Training Association (AATA)
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center (ACH IPC)
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NVIPC)
  • University of Arkansas Office for Sport Concussion Research
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center