According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are usually caused by an impact or blow that thrusts the brain back and forth inside the skull. The impact can happen to the head, or it can be the result of a blow to the body. When the brain shifts inside the skull, it can twist, stretch and impair healthy brain cells.
So how is it that swimmers get concussions? It isn't exactly a high contact sport. Swimming is one of the most popular sports because it is generally safer than most contact sports. Yet concussions do happen in the pool and around the pool. The most common ways are:
- Hitting the head when diving
- Running into wall during backstroke
- Running into another swimmer
- Slipping on the deck
- Doing dryland training
Obviously, being careful is the first order of business in reducing the risk of injuries that can cause concussions, but often – as with any "accident" – these events and concussions happen despite rules, policies and heightened awareness.
Because we can’t simply prevent all accidents from happening, knowing the symptoms of concussion and knowing how to respond are critical to reducing the effects of injuries to swimmers.
Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
The Laurelwood Dolphins Swim Team follows the guidlines and policies set in place by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, to help protect the safety of our athletes and all members. Policies are also listed in the Team Handbook. All swim team members must sign-off on additional team policies including electronic communication policy, photography policy, etc. during annual team registration.