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Signs, Symptoms and Resources for Concussions in Volleyball

Volleyball is growing in popularity all over the world. While it’s not a high contact sport like football and ice hockey, the combination of high speed hits and aggressive diving and defense pose a high risk for head impacts in indoor and beach volleyball.

15% of concussions in volleyball happen during warm up when athletes run under the net to chase after the ball they had hit across the court*

Concussions in volleyball happen during competition, practice and warm-up drills. Here’s what you need to know about concussions in order to keep your athletes safe:

If a concussion is suspected take the following steps

1. Remove athlete from play
2. Athlete should be evaluated by a medical provider experienced in evaluating for concussion
3. Athlete’s parent/legal guardian should be informed when the athlete is diagnosed with a concussion
4. Athletes can return to full sports activities based on written instructions from the athlete’s health care provider

Signs to check for symptoms of concussion
  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Forgetting plays, scores or assignments
  • Loss of consciousness (even brief)
  • Loss of memory prior to or after the impact
  • Personality or behavior changes
Symptoms of concussion
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness (even brief)
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Double or blurry vision

Return-To-Play: These are Steps Recommended by Concussion In Sport Group (CISG)
  1. Symptom-Limited Activity
  2. Light Aerobic Exercise
  3. Sport-Specific Exercise
  4. Non-Contact Training Drills
  5. Full Contact Practice
  6. Return To Sports
Here are Specialists Who Are Qualified to Diagnose a Concussion and Safely Guide an Athlete to Recovery:
  • Physician with expertise in concussion management
  • Pediatric sports medicine specialists
  • Neurologists
  • Radiologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers or Therapists
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