If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death.

While risk of injury, including concussion, may never be completely eliminated from youth sports, there are proactive measures that may be taken to help reduce head injury risks,including the following:

  • Concussions and head injuries should be taken seriously.
  • One of the most important concussion safety measures is being knowledgeable of concussion signs/symptoms and capable of recognizing injury.


Possible signs/symptoms of concussion:




Visual problems

Balance problems






Difficulty remembering

Sleeping more than usual


Feeling slowed down



Sensitivity to light

Sensitivity to noise


Sleeping less than usual

Difficulty with/slurred speech

Loss of consciousness

Feeling mentally foggy



Difficulty concentrating

Unequal/dilated pupils


Feeling more emotional


Trouble falling asleep


If there is any suspicion that an athlete may have sustained a head injury or concussion, he or she should be immediately removed from play.

Remember “when in doubt, sit it out”.

  • Athletes should wear appropriate and well-fitted equipment for their sport, but keep in mind that there is no equipment or gear currently available that will prevent a concussion.
  • Players should be encouraged to use proper sporting techniques, as instructed by coaching staff.
  • Athletes should also follow all rules and play with good sportsmanship.
  • Lastly, athletes should feel comfortable reporting injury.

If you feel you/your child has suffered a concussion, the IBJI Concussion Team is available for post-injury evaluation and management.



IBJI Concussion Specialists:

Dr. Rhutav Parikh
(Gurnee, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst)


Kelly Trainor APN, CPNP
(Glenview, Highland Park, Logan Square, Morton Grove)

For your information, the IBJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.