SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment or position
Forgets an instruction
Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
Can’t recall events after hit or fall
SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE
Headache or “pressure” in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down
Schedule in-person trainings with our team for your coaches, school staff, parents, and athletes.
Know the concussion signs and symptoms.
AB2127: Effective 1/1/2015
Limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level to 2 full-contact, 90-minute practices per week during the season and prohibits any full-contact practices during the offseason.
Athletes are required to complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than 7 days in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider
AB25 took effect in January 2012 and requires school districts to do the following:
Any athlete suspected of having a concussion is to be removed from play and not allowed to return on the same day.
The athlete may not return until they receive written clearance from a healthcare provider who is trained in the management of concussions.
Yearly, a concussion and head injury information sheet is to be signed by the athlete and parent before beginning practice or competition.
In August 2012, California's Governor approved AB1451 which requires school sports coaches to have :
Training: certification in CPR and first aid, including, but not limited to, a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response to concussions. Concussion training may be fulfilled through entities offering free, online, or other types of training courses.
Remove the athlete from play: Look for signs and symptoms of concussion when an athlete has
experienced a bump or blow to the head or jolt to the body. If a concussion is suspected, sit the athlete out.
Seek medical attention: Have the athlete evaluated by a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Recording the following information can be helpful to the healthcare provider:
* Cause of injury * Any memory loss for events right before the injury
* Any loss of consciousness and how long * Any memory loss for events right after the injury
Inform the athlete's parents or guardians: Make sure that they are aware of their child's injury and that their
child should be seen by a healthcare provider experienced in managing concussions.
Require medical clearance prior to return to play: California law requires that high school athletes receive
written clearance from a healthcare professional with experience managing concussions prior to returning to any
sports. However, all children and teenagers should comply with this requirement. A second injury before the
brain has healed from the first injury can cause life-long problems.
THREE STEPS TO PROTECTING YOUR TEAM
Put Safety First
Remember that you set the example for your team.
Develop a concussion policy for your team
Make sure protective equipment is used properly and in good shape
Teach safe playing techniques
When in doubt,
sit them out