COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSION• Headache, dizziness, poor balance, moves clumsily, reduced energy level/tiredness• Nausea or vomiting• Blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sounds• Fogginess of memory, difficulty concentrating, slowed thought processes, confused about surroundings or game assignments• Unexplained changes in behavior and personality• Loss of consciousness (NOTE: This does not occur in all concussion episodes.)
BY-LAW 2.68: GHSA CONCUSSION POLICY: In accordance with Georgia law and national playing rules published by the National Federation of State High School Associations, any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the practice or contest and shall not return to play until an appropriate health care professional has determined that no concussion has occurred. (NOTE: An appropriate health care professional may include, licensed physician (MD/DO) or another licensed individual under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management.a) No athlete is allowed to return to a game or a practice on the same day that a concussion (a) has been diagnosed, OR (b) cannot be ruled out.b) Any athlete diagnosed with a concussion shall be cleared medically by an appropriate health care professional prior to resuming participation in any future practice or contest. The formulation of a gradual return to play protocol shall be a part of the medical clearance.c) It is mandatory that every coach in each GHSA sport participate in a free, online course on concussion management prepared by the NFHS and available at www.nfhslearn.com at least every two years -beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.d) Each school will be responsible for monitoring the participation of its coaches in the concussion management course, and shall keep a record of those who participate.
*Player and parental education in this area is crucial - that is the reason for this document. Refer to it regularly.