Health and Safety

Safety of its members is one of the highest priorities of the KC Metro Senior Softball League. Knowledge of symptoms can make a huge difference in recognizing and responding to serious health
situations and getting treatment.

Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Here is a short demonstration of the new, easier CPR which takes the complication out of the method that was taught and practiced a few years ago. Please Watch. It’s easy to remember and you don’t have to be certified to use this method, and it may save a life! This is a great demonstration, done by the doctors who developed the procedure at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. I urge you to watch and then share it with those you care about.

http://ahsc.arizona.edu/node/730

Stroke

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear. Call 911 or your local emergency number right away.

Every minute counts. Don’t wait to see if symptoms go away. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.

General symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in the face, arm or leg, especially on only one side of the body.
  • Sudden vision changes. Vision blurred, seeing double, or seeing blackened vision in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble speaking. Slurred speech.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
  • Sudden problems with walking, balance, or loss of coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache that is different from past headaches.

NOTICE the key word “SUDDEN” or “DIFFERENT” fron past experience.

Symptoms can vary depending on whether the stroke is caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke), where the stroke occurs in the brain, and how bad.

A simple test would have the person try to smile, sing a simple song, or recite a verse. Have the person raise both arms over their head and hold them there. If one arm falls, they may be having a stroke.

Concussion

Here is a list of symptoms of a concussion from the CDC. Concussions fall into four categories:

Thinking and Remembering Physical Mood or Emotional Sleep
Difficulty Thinking Clearly Headache, Fuzzy or Blurred Vision Irritability Sleeping More Than Usual
Feeling Slowed Down Nausea, Vomiting (Early On)Dizziness Sadness Sleeping Less Than Usual
Difficulty Concentrating Sensitivity to Noise/ Light or Balance Problems More Emotional Trouble Falling Asleep
Difficulty Remembering New Information Feeling Tired or Having No Energy Nervousness or Anxiety

Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury, or until the person starts resuming their everyday life and more demands are placed upon them. Sometimes, people do not recognize or admit that they are having problems. Others may not understand why they are having problems and what their problems really are, which can make them nervous and upset.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out. Early on, problems may be missed by the person with the concussion, family members, or doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.