Nationwide data continues to show that many catastrophic head injuries are a direct result of injured athletes returning to play too soon, not having fully recovered from the first head injury. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 3 million sports and recreational concussion occur every year.
In the event of player suffering a trauma to the head followed by exhibiting signs of confusion, disorientation, headaches or other concussion type symptoms you must do the following:
1. Immediately remove the child from play.
2. Notify the parents of concerns and advise them that the child will have to be seen by a physician before he can return to play.
3. The child may not return to play until a written release is received from a health care provider.
FORMS FOR DOWNLOAD - click to download:
1. Parent notification form - given to parent by coach/team rep
2. Player graded symptom check list - to be completed by parent
3. Physician Recommended School Accommodation Following Concussion - to be completed by Physician
4. Concussion Return to Play Protocol - to be completed by Physician and coach
5. Physician Letter to School - to be completed by Physician
Please visit the CDC concussion website for more information.
CDC home page - https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
CDC concussion training link - https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
CDC coaches concussion training link -HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Coaches