Concussion Prevention and Management Policy

Date Issued and Revised: January 2018

INSTRUCTORS SHALL AT ALL TIMES BE VIGILANT IN ACCESSING POSSIBLE FALLS RISKS AND MAKING PROGRAM PARTICIPANT AWARE OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS. AT LEAST TWO MEANS OF CALLING 911 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ANY PROGRAM.
IF YOU SUSPECT THAT A PARTICIPANT HAS A CONCUSSION, YOU SHOULD TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  1. Call 911
  2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself
  3. Inform the Participant about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.
    CONCUSSION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

People who experience one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion.

Symptoms Reported By Participant

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

Signs Observed By Instructor

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall

Content Source: CDC’s Heads Up Program. Created through a grant to the CDC Foundation from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).

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