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.
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:
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.