Concussion Warning Signs – A Message from Our Sponsor, CHLA

Hello AYSO Region 13 Parents!

We are fortunate that the Sports Medicine Program, part of the Children’s Orthopedic Center at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), is an AYSO league sponsor this year. CHLA’s pediatric specialists help kids stay in the game, and get back in the game more quickly when injuries occur.

From sprains and breaks, to concussions, to motion analysis, and for everything in between, the Board-certified experts at the CHLA Sports Medicine Program use state-of-the-art tools and expertise to provide the very best care for children.

As you know, soccer is a contact sport.  As you may have noticed from our Player Development Initiatives, we do our best to minimize concussion risks in our players.   In addition, we train our volunteers to appreciate the risks, and when we suspect that a concussion may have occurred, we treat it with the seriousness and respect that it deserves.

Here are some tips that CHLA has provided on how to recognize concussion symptoms in young athletes:

Visit the doctor or go to the emergency room IMMEDIATELY if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Increasing confusion
  • Severe, worsening or persistent headache
  • Multiple vomiting episodes
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Trouble walking
  • Seizure
  • Strange behavior
  • Weakness
  • Loss of or sudden change in vision
  • One pupil appearing larger than the other
  • Loss of consciousness

Visit the doctor within a few days if your child is experiencing:

  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Memory loss and can’t recall what happened around the time of the injury
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light/noise
  • Trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering, slowed thinking
  • Emotional changes: irritability, sadness, anxiety, etc

If you are concerned your young athlete may have sustained a concussion, then they must stop all sports participation until evaluated by a medical provider who is experienced in the care of concussions. Continuing to participate can lead to a prolonged recovery, and to the rare but devastating complication of second impact syndrome. If in doubt, sit it out!

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Children’s Hospital of LA Locations

CHLA Main Location

465 Sunset Blvd.

4th floor, outpatient Tower

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-361-4120

Tarzana Location – in affiliation with Primary Care Sports Medicine

18411 Clark St., Suite #302

Tarzana, CA 91356

818-788-2981

Arcadia Outpatient Center

468 E. Santa Clara St.

Arcadia, CA 91006

626-795-7177

For more information about additional sports medicine services, visit http://bit.ly/CHLAsportsmed

To schedule an appointment, call 323-800-7700 or email us at sportsmedicine@chla.usc.edu.

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