- Head Injuries & Concussions in Sports
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
USAWP Concussion Information Sheet (required for members during registration process) - Click Here to View
Reporting Head Injuries:
Members are required to send an email to USA Water Polo at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com containing the following information: (a) the time and date at which the athlete was removed from athletic activity, (b) the symptoms observed and (c) any treatment provided to the athlete. You may also download the USAWP Incident Report and submit it in the same fashion.
Return to Play:
Any athlete who is removed from athletic activity pursuant to the Injury provisions of USA Water Polo Rules Governing Coaches' or Referees' Conduct may not resume athletic activity for the remainder of the day and until that athlete's coach receives a completed and signed Certificate as designated in the USAWP Rules Governing Athletes' Conduct.
Online or In-Person Training Required for Coaches and Referees - Option: CDC Online Course
Training must be taken at least once prior to supervising an athlete. Previous education courses are accepted.
CDC Website: Head Injuries & Concussions in Sport
- USA Water Polo / CDC Tools
- Concussion Action Plan
- Concussion Fact Sheets
It is important to make everyone aware of the seriousness of head injuries and concussions. Below are some items that can be posted at practice and game facilities and can also be distributed to club members.
Main Message Poster
General Info Poster
Facts with Emergency Numbers - Option A
Facts with Emergency Numbers - Option B