rage concussion policy
PIM 021 – Concussion Policy
The Pleasanton Girls Soccer Association (RAGE) recognizes the need for increased awareness regarding concussions. RAGE has created the following Policy to provide Competitive and Recreational coaches, officials, parents, and players with guidelines for recognizing signs of a concussion, procedures to follow when a concussion is suspected, as well as policy concerning the return to play for an affected player.
A concussion is an alteration of brain function that can typically come from a blow to the head, but can also occur when sudden forces are applied elsewhere on the body and the forces are transferred to the head. For instance, a blow to the chest can cause a concussion. Loss of consciousness is a key, but NOT a required factor in the diagnosis of concussion. An individual may be concussed without a loss of consciousness. A player showing signs of a concussion must be removed from the field and kept out of the training session or game.
Simple questions can be asked to further assess the player. “Simple” means exactly that. The questions should elicit easy and obvious answers. For example, “What’s your name?” “Where are you?” “Why are you here?” Alternatively, the player could be asked to follow simple directions, such as “put your gear down” or “stand next to me.”
Additionally, the player must be observed carefully for at least the next 30 minutes for any additional signs of concussion. Nausea and vomiting, disorientation, dizziness, momentary loss of consciousness, amnesia or persistent confusion can indicate a more serious concussion requiring medical attention.
RETURN TO PLAY
An accurate diagnosis is the purview of qualified medical personnel.
If in doubt, sit the player out.
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