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Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Program Overview

A concussion is a brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or body that disrupts normal functioning of the brain. Concussions are a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally functions. Concussions can cause significant and sustained neuropsychological impairment affecting problem solving, planning, memory, attention, concentration, and behavior.

Second- impact syndrome occurs when a person sustains a second concussion while still experiencing symptoms of a previous concussion. It can lead to severe impairment and even death of the victim.

Step 1- Baselines- ImPACT and King Devick

Each player is required to have the King-Devick test baseline:

·        King Devick- It is a timed reading of flip cards, which takes about 5 minutes. It is administered by trained team coaches or authorized parent volunteer.

Each player is encouraged to have an ImPACT test baseline (as age appropriate):

·        ImPACT- Required for ages 10 and up and completed every 2 years. It is a computerized test done at home that takes 30-45 minutes. It is offered free to all RYSI participants through the Concussion Center at Overlook Hospital.

Step 2- Pull from play- Suspected Head Injury

All RYSI athletes suspected of sustaining a head injury will be immediately removed from competition, games or practice. Parents, coaches, and EMT’s will watch for suspected head injuries and notify the Head Coach immediately.

Step 3 Post Injury Test

If an injury is suspected coaches are required to pull players from play and either a trained coach or authorized parent volunteer will administer the King-Devick test. They will also run through a standard checklist of concussion signs/symptoms. If a player shows delay/errors off their King Devick baseline or shows signs/symptoms of concussion, the athlete will be removed from play as a precaution. The King Devick test does not diagnose a concussion- it only recommends pull from play. The guiding principle at RYSI is “WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT”.

Step 4- Return to Play

If an athlete has been pulled from play, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the athlete for a full evaluation by a medical professional experienced in treating concussions before returning to play.  Parents/guardians should always let their physician know that they have had a baseline ImPACT test so the score can be compared to a post-injury ImPACT test, if given.

Any player who has been diagnosed with a concussion or pulled from play for a suspected head injury must have medical clearance to return to full contact play.

Concussion Quick Facts

·       Most concussions do not involve loss of consciousness.
·       You can sustain a concussion even if you do not hit your head.  A blow elsewhere on the body can transmit an “impulsive” force to the brain and cause a concussion.

Signs of Concussions (Observed by Coach, Athletic Trainer, Parent/Guardian)
·       Appears dazed or stunned·       Forgets plays or demonstrates short term memory difficulties (e.g. unsure of game, opponent)·       Exhibits difficulties with balance, coordination, concentration, and attention·       Answers questions slowly or inaccurately·       Demonstrates behavior or personality changes·       Is unable to recall events prior to or after the hit or fall

Symptoms of Concussion (Reported by Student-Athlete)
·       Difficulty with concentration, short term memory loss and/or confusion, feeling sluggish or foggy.·       Nausea/vomiting, balance problems or dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound
 


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