School districts are required by section 118.293 of the state statutes to distribute a concussion and head injury information sheet to:
- Each person who will be coaching a youth athletic activity.
- Each student who wishes to participate in the activity at the beginning of a youth athletic activity season, except as otherwise specifically provided.
Concussion Information – When in Doubt, Sit Them Out!
- An athletic coach, or official involved in a youth athletic activity, or health care provider shall remove a person from the youth activity if the coach, official, or health care provider determines that the person exhibits signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury or the coach, official, or health care provider suspects the person has sustained a concussion or head injury.
- A person who has been removed from a youth athletic activity may not participate in a youth athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a health care provider and receives a written clearance to participate in the activity from the health care provider.
These are some signs of concussion:
- Dazed or stunned appearance
- Change in the level of consciousness or awareness
- Confused about assignment
- Forgets plays
- Unsure of score, game, opponent
- Answers more slowly than usual
- Shows behavior changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Asks repetitive questions or memory concerns
These are some of the more common symptoms of concussion:
- Dizzy or unsteady
- Sensitive to light or noise
- Feeling mentally foggy
- Problems with concentration and memory
Injured athletes can exhibit many or just a few of the signs and/or symptoms of concussion. However, if a player with a concussion must be seen by an appropriate health care provider before returning to practice (including weight lifting) or competition.
Return to Play
Current recommendations are for stepwise return to play program. In order to resume activity, the athlete must be symptom free and off any pain control or headache medications. The athlete should be carrying a full academic load without any significant accommodations. Finally, the athlete must have clearance from an appropriate health care provider.