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FISC Adopts Concussion Awareness Program

At the Frederick Indoor Sports Center (FISC) coaches, referees, trainers and staff, strive to provide, not only the best experience for every patron, but also a friendly and safe environment to compete and train. Over the past few years, there have been an increased number of incidents leading to concussions and/or symptoms of concussions on the field of play.

As a result, the FISC team has reviewed and updated its concussion awareness protocol.  We are taking measures to make sure that we stay current with recognizing possible symptoms of a concussion, by adopting the Center’s For Disease Control Heads Up Concussion training program effective immediately. The FISC staff has completed mandatory training of the CDC Heads Up Concussion program and FISC Concussion Management Guidelines.*

Thank you for your continued support, as the FISC team works diligently to provide each adult and youth player a fun and safe environment. Please contact Joel Alligood, CAO, Director of Programming at 240.215.4144 or, if you have questions.

 *FISC Concussion Management Guidelines 

Signs Observed by Staff

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall


Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headaches or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down” When in doubt, sit them out!

When you suspect that a player has a concussion, follow the “Heads Up” 4-step Action Plan.

  • Remove the athlete from play.
  • Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional.
  • Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them information on concussion.
  • Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until an appropriate health-care professional says he or she is symptom-free and gives the okay to return to activity.

What to do in an Emergency

Although rare, there are some situations where you will need to call 911 and activate the Emergency Medical System (EMS). The following circumstances are medical emergencies:

1. Any time an athlete has a loss of consciousness of any duration. While loss of consciousness is not required for a concussion to occur, it may indicate more serious brain injury.

2. If an athlete exhibits any of the following:


decreasing level of consciousness,


looks very drowsy or cannot be awakened,


if there is difficulty getting his or her attention,


irregularity in breathing,


severe or worsening headaches,


persistent vomiting, or any seizures.

DISCLAIMER – FISC, LLC Concussion Management Guidelines

The FISC, LLC guidelines to promote safety for concussion awareness is neither exhaustive nor necessarily applicable to all circumstances or individuals, and is no substitute for consultation with appropriate health-care professionals. Statutes, codes or environmental conditions may be relevant. The FISC, LLC position statements or guidelines should be considered in conjunction with other pertinent materials when taking action or planning care. The FISC, LLC reserves the right to rescind or modify any such document at any time.