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Concussion Policy

Concussions are a common injury in all contact sports.  If an athlete is suspected to have a concussion, either observed by a coach, parent, referee, or another player, he/she is to be removed from the game or practice and assessed for a possible concussion. If there is not a Qualified Person (Certified & Licensed Athletic Trainer) to rule out the possibility of a concussion the athlete is to remain off the field of play.

After a suspected concussion, the athlete is not to return to play WITHOUT a Doctor's note from a Neurologist/Sports Concussion Doctor. 

Coaches should remove athletes with a suspected concussion if any of the following symptoms are present after a blow to the head or sudden fall.  Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Amnesia - Retrograde/Anterograde (Memory loss of events leading up to or occurring after the suspected concussion event)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Irritability
  • Feeling in a fog
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty Concentrating

If the athlete is unresponsive, 911 should be called and the athlete monitored for Airway/Breathing/Circulation until EMS arrives. If the athlete regains consciousness before EMS arrives, keep them in a comfortable position until EMS arrives and they are able to be evaluated further.

For physician follow up, we recommend Inova Sports Medicine

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