Concussion Protocols- Return to Learn and Return to Play
What is a Concussion?
- A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. (CDC.gov)
What are some signs and symptoms of a concussion?
- Difficulty thinking clearly/concentration
- Feeling slowed down
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Balance problems
- More emotional than normal
What should you do if you suspect you or someone around you has a concussion?
- Tell a coach or sponsor. Never ignore the symptoms.
- Immediately remove them from their activity
- Seek evaluation from a licensed health care professional
WHEN IN DOUBT SIT THEM OUT!
-All coaches and sponsors are required by the state of Nebraska to remove any individual from competition if they suspect that they have a concussion. If a student has been suspected of having a concussion they must be evaluated by a health care professional before they are allowed to participate again.
Return to Play
-There are 6 stages a student must go through before they may return to any competition.
Stage 1-No activity until all symptoms are gone.
Stage 2-Light aerobic activity such as brisk walking or light jogging
Stage 3-Sport specific exercises
Stage 4- Non-Contact training drills
-Must have clearance from a qualified health care professional before moving to stage 5.
Stage 5-Full contact practice
Stage 6-Resume competition
Return to Learn Protocol
-Any student who is diagnosed with a concussion will be started in the return to learn protocol in the classroom. This allows modifications to be made for the student if they need any changes in the classroom setting to help with the recovery of a concussion. Some examples of this are: Possible reduced screen time if computer screens cause symptoms or extended completion time of homework depending on how severe the concussion is. These modifications can be extended until the student has been cleared by a qualified licensed health professional.
If anyone has any questions or would like additional material with concussion information please contact Mr. Becker and he can help you.