Concussion Information

Updated Thursday April 28, 2016 by Union Park Little League.

Youth Sports Concussions

Fast Facts

A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious.
Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or 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.

Union Park Little League Concussion Policy

Florida law, specifically Section 943.0438, Florida Statutes, (2014), requires youth athletic leagues to develop guidelines to educate athletic coaches, officials, administrators and youth athletes and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, adopt policies requiring the parent or guardian to sign an informed consent annually prior to any participation by the youth athlete and requiring immediate removal of a youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury from any activity and prohibit a return to play or practice until medical clearance is received from an appropriate health care practitioner.

A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, but can also be caused from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth, causing the brain to bounce around or twist within the skull. This sudden movement of the brain can cause stretching and tearing of brain cells, damaging the cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.

As required by Florida law, Union Park Little League has adopted the following guidelines and procedures to help prevent, recognize and properly manage concussions:

  1. Educate Coaches, Parents, and Athletes: Inform and educate coaches, athletes, and their parents and guardians about concussion prevention, recognition, symptoms and treatment through training and informational literature. Information regarding concussions is available on the league website, and free training is available through CDC Heads Up education materials at (see link below.)
  2. Remove Athlete from Play: An athlete who is believed to have a concussion is to be removed from play right away. "When in doubt, sit them out."
  3. Obtain Permission to Return to Play: An athlete who is removed from play can only return to play or practice after at least 24 hours and with written permission from a health care professional.
  4. Check Sports Equipment Often: Coaches should inspect equipment on a regular basis. This includes making sure the equipment fits the athletes well, is in good condition, stored properly, and is repaired and replaced based on instructions from the equipment companies.
  5. Informed Consent: The parent or guardian of each player shall sign and return an informed consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, including the risk of continuing to play after concussion or head injury, each year prior to participating in the league. Please see the Informed Consent Form Handout at the bottom of this page below. This is to be signed and returned to Union Park Little League prior to player evaluations.


Concussion Online Training for Coaches (mandatory) and Parents (suggested)

The link below is a link to an online training course dealing with concussions in youth sports. This is a free course provided by the Federal Government's Center for Disease Control. The course takes about 30 minutes and there is a certification test at the end with a printable certificate. This is required training for all Little League managers and coaches and would be helpful for parents as well. There is also a Coaches Concussion Fact Sheet and Parent Concussion Fact Sheet on the Forms, Resources and Schedules tab at the left.

Please click HERE to take the Concussions in Youth Sports Training Course.

Additional Concussion Information and Training

UPLL Concussion Fact Sheet