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Goffstown Junior Grizzlies Concussion Protocol Protocol for the Prevention and Treatment of Sports-Related Concussions and Head Injuries

Prevention

Coaches should ensure proper tackling techniques are practiced and executed during games to ensure concussions are minimized as much as possible. Familiarity with USA Heads Up Program can be found at https://usafootball.com/programs/heads-up-football/youth/ . It is our policy to always air on the side of caution when deciding whether a player should sit out of either practice or games.

Policy

Athletes who are exhibiting the signs or symptoms of a sports-related concussion or other head injuries during practice or competition shall be immediately removed from play and may not return to play that day.

Possible Signs of Concussion: (Could be observed by Coaches, Licensed Athletic Trainer, Parent, Guardian):

  • Appears dazed, stunned, or disoriented.
  • Forgets plays, or demonstrates short term memory difficult.
  • Answers questions slowly or inaccurately.
  • Loses consciousness.

Possible Symptoms of Concussion (Reported by the athlete to Coaches, Licensed Athletic Trainer, Parent, Guardian):

  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double vision or changes in vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound/noise
  • Feeling sluggish or foggy
  • Difficulty with concentration and short term memory
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Irritability

Athletes must be evaluated by a Licensed Athletic Trainer, Physician or licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion to determine the presence or absence of a sports related concussion or head injuries.

To return to practice and competition the student-athlete must follow the protocol:

  • Immediate removal from competition or practice. 911 should be called if there is a deterioration of symptoms, loss of consciousness, or direct neck pain associated with the injury.
  • Goffstown Junior Grizzlies personnel (Coaches and/or Board Members) should make contact with the athlete’s parent/guardian and inform him/her of the suspected sports-related concussion or head injury.
  • The athlete must receive written clearance from a Physician or Licensed Athletic Trainer, trained in the evaluation and management of concussions that states the athlete is asymptomatic at rest and may begin graduated return-to-play protocol.

Complete physical, cognitive, emotional, and social rest is advised while the student- athlete is experiencing symptoms and signs of a sports-related concussion or other head injury. (Minimize mental exertion, limiting overstimulation, multi-tasking etc.). After written medical clearance is given by a physician/trainer trained in the evaluation and management of concussions stating that the student-athlete is asymptomatic at rest, the athlete may begin a graduated individualized return-to-play protocol supervised by coaches.