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.
2. 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 lonng
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.