HVAA Concussion Policy

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.

 

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of the Coach?

The coach meets with 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. 

Each week the coach meets with the parent to review and adjust physical accommodations.

 

Parents should:

Please 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

•    Convulsions

•    Clear fluid coming from nose and/or ears

•    Anything you find unusual

 

Your son/daughter 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 son/daughter CANNOT:

  • Take Ibuprofen (Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), Aspirin within 24 hours of head injury
  • Drink alcohol
  • Eat spicy foods

 

Your son/daughter SHOULD AVOID:

  • Watching TV                     ·  Driving
  • Playing video games          · Bright environments
  • Texting
  • Loud environments

 

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