Coaches need a Concussion Plan
Every school district and private youth sports organization should have a sideline protocol for dealing with head injuries, and all sideline personnel should practice the procedure.
What to do if an athlete is hurt
- Remove the athlete from play immediately and keep them from returning to play if any concussion symptoms are present or it is suspected the athlete has sustained a concussion.
- Perform a sideline evaluation. If access to an athletic trainer or other medical professional is unavailable, assess the athlete using the SAC and BESS to determine if emergency medical assistance is required.
- Monitor and re-assess. Consider assigning a staff member to the athlete to look for signs of deterioration.
- Notify the athletes parents. Make sure they understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the timeframe for onset and recovery. Stress the mandatory requirement from medical evaluation.
- Only allow the athlete to return to play if they have written medical authorization.
- Verify the athlete is 100% symptom free before allowing them to participate in any activity
- Institute a gradual return to play procedure after the athlete is medically cleared. Assess the athlete for return of symptoms.
Take a free online Concussion Training Course
1. CDC Concussion Information
2. NFHS Learning Center
Course on sports related concussions