Coaches need a concussion plan...
Every school district and private youth sports organization should have a sideline protocol for dealing with head injuries, and all sideline personnel should practice the procedure. You don't want to have to think about what to do when facing a situation where time may not be on your side.
What to do if your athlete
are evident or if you suspect for any reason,
that the athlete may have sustained a
If you do not have access to an athletic trainer or other medical
professional, assess the athlete using the
Evaluation Tool or SCAT 2 or
pocket SCAT 2 and determine if emergency medical assistance is required. If not,
re-assess the athlete every
5-10 minutes for several hours after the injury. Consider assigning a staff member to stay
with the athlete at all times to look for signs
that their child
has suffered a possible concussion. Make
sure they know the signs/symptoms, and that their onset may be hours or days after the
Have the athlete obtain a
return-to-play authorization from a qualified
medical professional and ensure that they are
100% symptom-free at rest and during exertion
(see below) before allowing them to resume practice or play.
before allowing them to participate in any
Coaches are sometimes the last to know. Ask parents/teammates if they're aware of
any lingering symptoms such as a headache.
after the athlete is medically cleared, and make sure they are symptom-free during exertion. If symptoms return during exercise, their brain may not be fully healed.
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