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CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL

The Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL) has developed this protocol for all athletic staff to follow in case there is concern with regards to a head injury.  These injuries, if not properly handled, can cause significant short- and long-term health problems, up to and including death.

DEFINITION

"A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells."
                                                                        - Center for Disease Control



Signs and symptoms of a concussion can vary wildly, and not all symptoms will occur in all victims of a concussion.
These symptoms may not appear immediately, or even within minutes, of head contact or whiplash.

Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
Slurred speech
Lack/loss of balance and unsteady walking
Appearing dazed ("glossy eyes")
Unorthodox eye movements
Temporary loss of consciousness
Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
Amnesia surrounding the event
Dizziness or "seeing stars"
Ringing in the ears
Nausea
Vomiting
Fatigue
Irritability and crankiness
Long term: changes in personality, memory, and concentration           
                                                                                                            -Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 


CONCUSSION POLICY

If a participant exhibits any signs or symptoms of a head injury he/she must be removed from participation and will not be permitted to return to activity that day.  The Head Coach shall determine, to the best of their ability and for the welfare of the participant, whether that participant should continue in the activity. The program director or on-site official may overrule this determination if they believe a head injury has occurred. The Head Coach (and program director/officials) shall always err on the side of caution when a head injury is suspected.

A parent/guardian will also always retain the right to overrule this determination and pull a child out of play themselves. No parent/guardian, nor the participating child can choose for the participant to continue if it has been deemed by the Head Coach (or program director/official) that the child should cease play.

Any participant who has been found to have sustained a concussion will not be permitted to return to activity until such time as they have a written medical release from an appropriate medical professional.  This medical professional must be trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

RETURN TO PLAY PROCEDURE

A participant may return to the activity following the guidelines given by an appropriate medical professional.  These guidelines will be enforced and followed by all coaches and members of the athletic program.  Prior to a monitored return under said guidelines, the participant must be 100% Symptom-Free.

Contact

Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St 
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 610-327-0527

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Pottstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL)

146 King St 
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 610-327-0527

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