IF YOU SUSPECT THAT AN ATHLETE HAS A CONCUSSION, YOU SHOULD TAKE TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1. Remove the athlete from play.
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 athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and refer them to the fact sheet for parents that is available on our athletics.jeromeschools.org web site on the "Coaches' Office" page.
4. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury. An athlete should only return to play with permission from a health care professional who is experienced in evaluating for concussion.
SAFE RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL
1. Complete physical, cognitive, emotional, and social rest is advised while the student-athlete is experiencing symptoms and signs of a sports-related concussion or other head injury. (Minimize mental exertion, limiting overstimulation, multi-tasking, etc.). Refrain from video games and texting and limit time spent working on a computer.
2. After the athlete is asymptomatic at rest and after a physician or other health care provider gives written medical clearance specially trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, the student-athlete may begina graduated individualized return-to-play protocol. The following steps should be followed:
• Completion of a full day of normal cognitive activities (school day, studying for tests, watching practice, interacting with peers) without reemergence of any signs or symptoms. If no return of symptoms, next day advance to -
• Light aerobic exercise, which includes walking, swimming, or stationary cycling, keeping the intensity < 70% maximum percentage heart rate: no resistance training. The objective of this step is increased heart rate. If no return of symptoms, next day advance to -
• Sport-specific exercise including skating, and/or running; no head impact activities. The objective of this step is to addmovement and continue to increase heart rate. If no return of symptoms, next day advance to -
• Non-contact training drills (e.g., passing drills). The student-athlete may initiate progressive resistance training. If noreturn of symptoms, next day advance to -
• Following medical clearance (consultation between school health care personnel, i.e., Certified Athletic Trainer,School/Team Physician, School Nurse and student-athlete’s physician), participation in normal training activities. Theobjective of this step is to restore confidence and to assess functional skills by the coaching staff. If no return ofsymptoms, next day advance to –
• Return to play involving normal exertion or game activity.
3. If the student athlete exhibits a re-emergence of any concussion signs or symptoms once they return to physicalactivity, he/she will be removed from further exertional activities and returned to the physician or health care provider who provided written clearance for re-evaluation.
4. If concussion symptoms reoccur during the graduated return-to-play protocol, the student-athlete will return tothe previous level of activity that caused no symptoms.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT!
Here is the link to the required Idaho Concussion Course for coaches and officials: http://idaho-concussion-training.teachable.com/