Sports-Related Concussion

Every year, about 4,000 New York children age 19 and younger are treated at hospitals for sports-related traumatic brain injuries.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur from a fall, impact to the body, or collision that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussions can happen in any sport, but most often occur in contact sports, such as football, rugby, or ice hockey.

When in Doubt...Take Them Out!

The "When in Doubt...Take Them Out!" sports-related concussion prevention campaign is designed to empower coaches, parents, athletes, and school administrators to effectively prevent, recognize, and respond to concussions. The campaign includes a fact sheet for coaches and parents, a poster, a magnet, and a clip board for coaches.

These publications are available free of charge to New York State residents, schools and businesses. Please use this special order form to request copies of these materials. Other injury prevention publications are available through the New York State Department of Health Publication Catalog.

Additional Guidance Resources

The New York State Education Department has developed guidelines for concussion management in the school setting. You can view the guidelines at the New York State Education Department website.

In New York State, school nurses, certified athletic trainers, coaches, and physical education teachers are mandated to complete sports concussion management training every two years. You can find the approved courses at the New York State Education Department website.

LEARNet, a resource developed by the Brain Injury Association of New York State, includes a problem solving system designed to help identify useful procedures for helping students with brain injury in school and at home. You can access the system via the LEARNet website.

Contact Information

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention
Empire State Plaza-Corning Tower, Room 1325
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 402-7900