Concussion Safety & Protocols
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that alters the way the brain normally functions. It is caused by a bump or blow to the head that forces the brain inside the skull to move back and forth. Appropriate rest from activities and schoolwork is necessary to ensure that the brain heals properly.
Click here to learn more from the CDC.
What are the Roles and Responsibilities of the Coach?
If a head injury occurs during the game, the coach goes to the child and does an on-field assessment, and records their current symptoms. Parents must be informed immediately. All head injuries should be referred to a physician immediately.
The coach should connect with the parent each week to review and adjust physical accommodations.
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, HVAA requires our coaches to complete the developed HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports online training course. The educational course provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. Click here for more information about HEADS UP.
Seek immediate medical attention if your son/daughter exhibits the following symptoms:
• Develops a worse headache
• Becomes dizzy, drowsy or cannot be aroused
• Mental confusion
• Nausea or vomiting
• Pupils unequal size
• Ringing in the ears
• Clear fluid coming from nose and/or ears
• Anything you find unusual
Your child CAN:
- Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headaches
- Use ice pack on head and neck as needed for comfort
- Eat a light diet
- Return to school
- Sleep without being disturbed or awoken
Your child CANNOT:
- Take Ibuprofen (Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), Aspirin within 24 hours of head injury
- Drink alcohol
- Eat spicy foods
Your child SHOULD AVOID:
- Watching TV · Driving
- Playing video games · Bright environments
- Loud environments