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  1. 1. ConcussionsPolicies for the management of concussion and head injury for CIF Member SchoolsA.B. 25 added to the education code a mandate that schools must now follow. On a yearlybasis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be signed and returned by theathlete and the athletes parent or guardian before the athletes initiating practice or competition. Below is the word document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thatschools/districts may use to meet the mandate in A.B. 25 to inform parents and students onconcussion signs and symptoms.Concussion Parent/Athlete Information for School Distribution Additional Resources:Best Practices Following a ConcussionFact Sheet For CoachesFact Sheet For Athletes 1/8
  2. 2. ConcussionsFact Sheet for Parents/GuardiansStudent Resource Packet (English)  /Student Resource Packet (Spanish)Parent Resource Packet (English)  /Parent Resource Packet (Spanish)Play it SaferReturn to Play Recommended Form - Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan-Form       Complete this twenty minute on-line class for FREE from the NFHS and the CIF. Coaches should download and print their certificate at the completion of the course. 2/8
  3. 3. ConcussionsNationwide data continues to show that many catastrophic head injuries are a direct result ofinjured athletes returning to play too soon, not having fully recovered from the first head injury. On May 7, 2010, the State CIF Federated Council passed Bylaw 313 that now requires a signedmedical release before a student-athlete who is suspected to have sustained a concussion canreturn to play.   Please use the links and information provided to further educate yourself on thesigns, symptoms and actions that all involved in education based CIF sports should take whenthey suspect any type of head injury. Bylaw 313A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice orgame shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day.  Astudent-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete isevaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management ofconcussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider. COACHES RESOURCES Coaches shall immediately remove from practice or game competition any athlete who issuspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury and remain out of practice or play for therest of the day. 3/8
  4. 4. Concussions Coaches shall not allow an athlete who has been removed from play because of a suspectedconcussion/brain injury to return to play until the athlete has received written clearance from alicensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of brain injuries. Coaches Resource Materials ATHLETES AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS RESOURCESOver 400,000 high school student-athletes suffered a concussion last year.  A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious.  They are caused by a bump,blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted tothe head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works.  4/8
  5. 5. ConcussionsEven though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and mayresult in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognizedand managed properly.   In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.  You can’t see aconcussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. S igns andsymptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fullyappear.  If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms orsigns of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away. "Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game" CIF MEMBER SCHOOLSSchools shall ensure that any athlete showing signs or symptoms of concussion/brain injury isremoved from participation immediately and not allowed to return to play until they have writtenclearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management ofconcussion/brain injury. (CIF Bylaw 313). Schools should ensure that all coaches (paid or volunteer) are educated in the nature and risk 5/8
  6. 6. Concussionsof concussion or head injury prior to the first practice/competition.  This education shall includesigns and symptoms of concussion/brain injury.  This education is available at NO CHARGEthrough the NFHS and the CIF .  Follow thelink above and complete the free 20-minute on-line course. Schools should distribute an information sheet to student-athletes and parents each year thatinclude the signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury. School Resource MaterialsLICENSED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERSWhat licensed health care providers are trained in the evaluation and treatment ofconcussions/brain injuries and authorized to allow the athlete to return to play? The “scope of practice” for licensed health care providers and medical professionals isdefined by California state statutes.  This scope of practice will limit the evaluation to amedical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO). 6/8
  7. 7. Concussions Physicians Tool Kit from the Center for Disease Control  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared with the NFHS a new FREEonline training they created to provide health-care professionals with an overview of what theyneed to know about concussion among young athletes. The goal of this course, is to preparehealth-care professionals to diagnose and manage concussions on the sidelines, in their office,training room, or in the emergency department.Please see the information below and the link to the online training from the CDC. ( www.preve Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens 7/8
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