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Concussion Protocol

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When in doubt, sit them out

A concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

Signs observed by parents or guardians:

• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about events
• Answers questions slowly
• Repeats questions
• Can’t recall events prior to the
hit, bump or fall
• Can’t recall events after the hit,
bump or fall
• Loses consciousness (even
briefly)
• Shows behavior or personality
changes
• Forgets class schedule or
assignments

Symptoms reported by your child or teen

Thinking and Remembering:
• Difficulty thinking clearly
• Difficulty concentrating or
remembering
• Feeling more slowed down
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy,
or groggy

Physical:
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems of dizziness
• Fatique or feeling tired
• Blurry or double vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Numbness or tingling
• Does not “feel right”

Emotional:
• Irritable
• Sad
• More emotional than usual
• Nervous

Sleep*:
• Drowsy
• Sleeps less than usual
• Sleeps more than usual
• Has trouble falling asleep
*Only ask about sleep symptoms if the injury occurred on a prior day.

If a concussion is suspected proceed with the following steps:

• Remove child from event.
• Refer to Concussion Danger Signs information sheet for immediate medical evaluation.
• Evaluate child using Concussion Checklist provided.
• Inform parent or guardian.
• Refer for medical evaluation if indicated in accordance with the Concussion Checklist.
• Continue to monitor child until child is under parental or medical supervision.
• Notify school nurse – File incident report.

Communication is the key between athletes, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, school nurse and AD.

If no immediate medical attention is needed:

• Remove child from event.
• Refer to Concussion Danger Signs information sheet for immediate medical evaluation.
• Monitor/Act
• Coach gives copy of Concussion Checklist to School Nurse Suzan Weber
• Mrs. Weber examines athlete the following day.

Return to Play Guidelines

After a concussion has been diagnosed, proceed with the following steps:
• Documented medical clearance is required by a medical doctor before the child may return to physical education and/or sports.
• The child should not return to physical education and/or sports until the child is totally asymptomatic for a period of 24 hours and cleared by the doctor (including after exercise).
• The child must complete the Return to Play Protocol provided before he or she may return to physical education and/or sports.
• The return to play protocol must be completed at school with the coach and nurse monitoring progress.

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