Brain Injury Awareness Videos

If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 6

2 in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports — including soccer and lacrosse — will get a concussion this year, and as many as half of all concussions go unreported. If you feel something, say something!


Lauren Haizlip – Concussion Description

As a young athlete, Lauren Haizlip was hit during a soccer practice. She describes her immediate and long-term experience. We applaud the bravery of young athletes as they advocate for themselves on their concussion journey.

If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 5

Girls’ lacrosse has the second highest concussion rate after soccer, yet girls are not required to wear the same hard-shell helmets as boys.


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HEADS UP Video: Concussion Danger Signs

We’ve talked a lot about some of the more subtle signs of concussions. There are more obvious signs that should never be ignored and require an immediate trip to the ER. In rare cases, a dangerous collection of blood (hematoma) may form on the brain after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that may squeeze the brain against the skull. Call 9-1-1 right away, or take your child or teen to the emergency department if he or she has one or more of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

Concussion Danger Signs

  • One pupil larger than the other.
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching).
  • Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
  • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.


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If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 4

An athlete who sustains concussion is 4-6 times more likely to sustain a second concussion, and effects of concussion are cumulative in athletes who return to play prior to complete recovery. Remember if you feel something, say something!

Source: Brain Injury Research Institute (BIRI)

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Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game

As a high school basketball player, Tracy sustained two concussions within a short period of time. Tracy tells her story and emphasizes that concussions are a serious injury. Athletes should know that if they think they’ve had a concussion, don’t hide it, report it. Take time to recover. It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

For a wealth of information on concussions, please visit the CDC HEADSUP website at


If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 3

According to data collected by UPMC Sports, half of all concussions go unreported or undetected! It’s important that a concussion be identified as soon as possible for the best chance of minimizing symptoms and maximizing recovery.


HEADS UP VIDEO: Returning to School

Most kids and teens will only need help through informal, academic adjustments as they recover from a concussion. However for kids and teens with ongoing symptoms, a variety of formal support services may be available to help them during their recovery. These support services may vary widely among states and school districts. The type of support will differ based on the needs of each student. Some of these support services may include:

  • Response to Intervention Protocol (RTI)
  • 504 Plan
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Your child or teen may feel frustrated, sad, and even angry because she or he cannot return to school right away, keep up with schoolwork, or hang out as much with their friends. Talk often with your child or teen about this and offer your support and encouragement.


If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 2

Having a concussion can affect you at school in a number of ways: – You might be more tired than usual. – You may feel irritable, sad, or emotional. – You might have trouble concentrating, thinking, or making decisions. – You could have dizzy spells or headaches. – You might have difficulty with your coordination and balance. – You may have trouble learning new concepts or remembering what you’ve learned. All of these concussion symptoms can make it hard to do the things you need to do at school, like reading, writing, focusing, and even walking around the building or campus. Source:

If You Feel Something, Say Something – Part 1

According to a study by the journal Pediatrics, concussion rates were found to be higher among girls than boys in every high school sport.

New Potential for Concussion Diagnosis: Saliva

Dr. Steven Hicks, a pediatrician at Penn State Children’s Hospital, has developed a potential test for concussion that measures the presence of certain small molecules in saliva.

Statute of Limitations on Traumatic Brain Injury Cases Involving Children

Cleveland-based Attorney Jeff Heller reviews the statutes of limitation for traumatic brain injury cases involving children. This is the legal timeframe or deadline in which you must present a lawsuit or claim. Whiled It’s different for each state, Attorney Heller provides some helpful guidelines.


Bob Fitzsimmons on Concussion History, Prevention and Treatment

Bob Fitzsimmons

Wheeling attorney, Bob Fitzsimmons and Steelers Hall of Fame Center Mike Webster took on the NFL 24 years ago to make them acknowledge the link between football, concussions and permanent brain damage. Because of their work, changes all the way down to youth sports have been implemented and the conversations surrounding concussion evaluation and treatment continue.

Pattiann was a recent guest on A Battle Within’s podcast!

A Battle Within is an organization committed to aiding individuals, caregivers and families experiencing Post Concussion Syndrome. Pattiann was a recent guest on their podcast. Click here for the full conversation!

Healthy sleep habits are important for brain health.

Dr. Nate Romesburg of Romesburg Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness talks about the importance of sleep for everyone, but especially those recovering from a concussion.

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