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2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
2010 nfhs concussion   final version
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  • 1. 2010 NFHS CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT (see GHSA handout)
  • 2. NFHS Rules Change
    • Previous rules books for most sports included language directing officials to remove an athlete from play if “unconscious or apparently unconscious.”
    • We now know that a person does not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion.
  • 3.
    • That language has been changed to the following:
    • Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion
    • Such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems - shall be immediately removed from the contest
    • Shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.
  • 4. Role of Officials
    • Neither officials, nor coaches, are expected to “diagnose” a concussion - that is the job of an appropriate health-care professional.
    • Officials are being asked to use their best judgment in observing the signs, symptoms and behaviors
    • No longer being asked to make what could be perceived to be a medical opinion.
  • 5.
    • The game official is not responsible for the sideline evaluation or management of the athlete after he or she is removed from play.
    • The responsibility of further evaluating and managing the symptomatic athlete falls upon the head coach, appropriate health-care professional , or other individual designated by school administrators.
  • 6.
    • The official does not need written permission for an athlete to return to play , nor does the official need to verify the credentials of the appropriate health-care professional .
    • Ensuring compliance with the Suggested Management Guidelines is a health and safety issue and should be the responsibility of the head coach and school administration, NOT the game official.
  • 7. School Responsibilities
    • NOTE: An “appropriate health-care professional” must be determined by each school district with respect to state laws and local preferences………..

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