Concussions - Return to Play Act
In compliance with the passage of House Bill 284, and to ensure the ongoing safety of our youth sport participants, the following protocols will be effective January 1, 2014:
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Required Coach Training
All volunteer coaches will be required to complete the free training below and submit a printed copy of the certificate of completion to OCPRD. CDC Heads Up:Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Course. The training features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises to get coaches, parents and others prepared for the new season in less than 30 minutes. The information will help persons recognize concussion and know how to respond if a concussion is suspected. Please visit the CDC website for the training.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth, changing the way the brain normally works.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
|Signs Observed by Staff/Coach/Parent||Symptoms Reported by Athletes|
|Appears dazed or stunned||Headache or "pressure" in head|
|Is confused about assignment or position||Nausea or vomiting|
|Forgets an instruction or play||Balance problems or dizziness|
|Is unsure of game, score, or opponent||Double or blurry vision|
|Moves clumsily||Sensitivity to light|
|Answers questions slowly||Sensitivity to noise|
|Loses consciousness (even briefly)||Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy|
|Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes||Concentration or memory problems|
|Can't recall events prior to hit or fall||Confusion|
|Can't recall events after hit or fall||Just not "feeling right" or "feeling down"|
The Following Danger Signs Represent a Medical Emergency
Dealing with a Suspected Concussion
Steps to Recovery
Athletes that have sustained a concussion need to get as much rest as possible in the days and weeks following the incident to help the brain recover and heal. Resting includes getting adequate sleep, refraining from physical activities and avoiding cognitive activities such as video games, watching television, board games, schoolwork, etc. Allow daily naps or even breaks from daily activity if your child feels tired.
Parents should check for any additional symptoms developing over the days following the incident.
Return to Play
The health care provider should provide recommendations and an action plan for returning to daily life to include school and athletics. Gradual reentry may be needed to include shortened or half days at school, measured return to athletics from light participation to full competition.