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Sports PolicyYouth Sports Concussion Policy2013Whereas concussions at all levels of sports have received a great deal of attention in the past few years, attention has increased even more recently, culminating with the NFL, NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations testifying before the United States Congress about what each organization is doing to protect athletes from concussions. At least four states have enacted legislation dealing with the issue of head injuries sustained in athletic competitions. (http://www.tbiwashington.org/tbi wa/bill1824.shtml)
Therefore the following policy will be in effect as of June 2013 and beyond.Objective: To establish a policy that will provide ALL youth sport coaches associated with the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Department with guidelines relating to how to recognize signs of a concussion, procedures for dealing with athletes and parents when a concussion is suspected, as well as mandatory rules concerning the return to action for the participant.
Criteria: WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT! It is better to miss one game than the whole season.Adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussion. Once considered little more than a minor “ding” on the head, it is now understood that a concussion has the potential to result in death, or short and long term changes in brain function. A concussion is s bran injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. Continued participation in any sport following a concussion can lead to worsening concussion symptoms as well as increased risk for further injury to the brain, and even death.The well-being of the athlete is of paramount concern during any athletic contest. Officials, coaches and parents are being asked to make all efforts to ensure that concussed athletes do not continue to participate, thus, coaches, players, officials, and parents should also be looking for signs of concussion in all athletes and should immediately remove any suspected concussed athlete from play.
What to look for: We now know that a person does not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion.Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion(such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. The common signs, symptoms and behaviors of concussed athletes may include: appearing dazed or stunned, is confused about assignment or position, is unsure of game score or opponent, answers question slowly, has a headache or pressure in head, nausea or vomiting, is sensitive to light or noise and/or just doesn’t feel right.
Role of Coaching Staff: Coaches/Coaching Staff win NOT be expected to “diagnose” a concussion. That is the job of an appropriate health-care professional. Coaches/Coaching Staffs are being asked to use their best judgment in observing the signs, symptoms and behaviors, associated with concussions. If a member of a youth team coaching staff observes questionable signs, symptoms or behavior, he/she must remove the participant from the game for further evaluation and notify the parent/guardian.