Concussion Awareness

VYSA adopts new heading policy rule and guidelines. Please CLICK HERE for complete policy rule and guidelines.

It is required that all parents and players read the text and document below, and watch the video.

It is required for all MonU coaches and assistant coaches.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function.
An athlete does not have to lose consciousness (be "knocked out") to have suffered a concussion.

 

Common symptoms of concussion include:
  • headache
  • fogginess
  • difficulty concentrating
  • easily confused
  • slowed thought processes
  • difficulty with memory
  • nausea
  • lack of energy, tiredness
  • dizziness, poor balance
  • blurred vision
  • sensitivity to light and sounds
  • mood changes - irritable, anxious or tearful
  • appears dazed or stunned
  • confused about assignment
  • forgets plays
  • unsure of game, score or opponent
  • moves clumsily
  • answers questions slowly
  • loses consciousness
  • shows behavior or personality changes
Concussion Management and Return to Play Policy
  1. No athlete is allowed to return to play (RTP) or practice on the same day of a concussion.
  2. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional that day.
  3. Any athlete with a concussion needs to be medically cleared by an appropriate health-care professional
    prior to resuming participation in any practice or competition, AND parent/legal guardian must sign a head injury information/awareness sheet before child can return to participation in games or practices. 
  4. After medical clearance, RTP should follow a step-wise protocol with provisions for delayed RTP
    based upon return of any signs or symptoms.

    RETURN TO PLAY DOCUMENT (RTP)
    (When athlete is ready to return to activity parent needs to sign and email or hand in above document to head coach or club administrator)

docs/smac-concussion-management.pdf

 

Additional Concussion Awareness resources

CDC - Heads Up Program

Concussion Recognition and Response (CRR)

Care: Sport App for trainers, medical personnel

Sports Concussion Institute

Think Taylor - Organization started by Taylor Twellman to assist with education of the public concerning traumatic head injuries (concussions)

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