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Concussion - Four Step Action Plan

LCWM Four Step Action Plan When Addressing a Concussion

 If you suspect an athlete and/or student has a concussion, implement the four step action plan:

      1. Remove the athlete and/or student from play.  Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if your athlete and/or student has           experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. When in doubt, keep the athlete and/or student out of play.  

  1. Ensure that the athlete and/or student is evaluated by a healthcare professional experienced in evaluating for concussion. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Health care professionals have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions. As a staff member, recording the following information can help healthcare professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:

  • Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
  • Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
  • Any memory loss immediately following the injury
  • Any seizures immediately following the injury
  • Number of previous concussions (if any)

   3.    Inform the athlete’s and/or student’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on          concussion.  Make sure they know that the athlete and/or student should be seen by a healthcare professional experienced in          evaluating for concussion.  

   4.    Keep the athlete and/or student out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in          evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.  A repeat concussion that occurs before          the brain recovers from the first-usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks) - can slow recovery or increase the          likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain          damage, and even death.

Additional procedures regarding a concussion:

  • Staff member and/or Coach fill out an accident report and notify the office in the event of a concussion.
  • Parent notify the office in the event of concussion during and/or after school day.
  • Take athlete and/or student to health care provider for evaluation and symptom management.
  • Only a healthcare provide can clear an athlete and/or student to resume activity.
Baseline Testing - LCWM has implemented baseline concussion testing on a recommended  basis beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Beginning in the fall of 2014-15 we are recommending and providing baseline concussion testing for all students in grades 7, 9 and 11 (parent permission required).  

Post Concussion Testing will be administered by school personnel and results will be made available for the parent and/or health care provider.

Questions regarding Concussions should be referred to the School Nurse-Jessica Thormodsgard, Activities Director-Doug Burns or Community Education-Director Susan Gengler at 726-2323 ext. 1050.   

 




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