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<p>The following policy and procedure will be used to manage the player with a suspected concussion.</p> <p>A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head.<br /> - Concussions are serious<br /> - Concussions can occur without the loss of consciousness<br /> - Concussions can occur in any sport<br /> - Recognition and management when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death</p> <p><strong>Recognizing a Possible Concussion</strong></p> <p>To recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two (2) things among your athletes:<br /> 1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in the rapid movement of the head:<br /> - AND -<br /> 2. Any change in the athlete&#39;s behavior, thinking, physical functioning (see the signs and symptoms of concussions below)</p> <p><strong>Symptoms Observed by the Coach or Parent</strong></p> <p>- Appears dazed or stunned<br /> - Is confused about assignment or position<br /> - Forgets an assignment or instruction<br /> - Is unsure of game score or opponent<br /> - Moved clumsily<br /> - Answers questions slowly<br /> - Losses consciousness (even briefly)<br /> - Shows behavior or personality changes<br /> - Can&#39;t recall events prior to a hit or fall<br /> - Can&#39;t recall events after a hit or fall</p> <p><strong>Symptoms Reported by Athlete</strong></p> <p>- Headache<br /> - Nausea or vomiting<br /> - Balance problems or dizziness<br /> - Double or Blurry Vision<br /> - Sensitivity to light<br /> - Sensitivity to noise<br /> - Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy<br /> - Concentration or memory problems<br /> - Confusion<br /> - Does not &quot;feel right&quot;</p> <p><strong>Protocol (Action Plan)</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Remove the athlete from play.</strong> Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if the athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head, has reported any symptoms documented above or has any change in behavior, thinking or physical functioning. Athletes who are suspected of having a possible concussion must be removed from play. Take possession of the athlete&#39;s helmet.</p> <p><strong>2. Complete the Concussion Report.</strong></p> <p><strong>3. Ensure that the parent(s) or guardian understands that the athlete should be evaluated</strong> as soon as possible by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself.</p> <p><strong>4. Allow the athlete to return to play ONLY WITH permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion.</strong> A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. Prevent common long-term problems and the rare second impact syndrome by delaying the athlete&#39;s return to activity until the player receives appropriate medical evaluation and approval for return to play.</p> <p><strong>When an athlete has been removed from play because of a suspected concussion, the athlete will NOT be allowed to return to play until they have been evaluated by a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion AND a letter or note of clearance to return to play has been delivered to the Lacrosse Director.</strong></p>

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