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Handling a Concussion

Handling a Concussion

Here at White Swan High School we take concussions very serious and have created a four step 
action plan that is to be followed when a suspected concussion has occurred.
 

Step #1 - Determine if a concussion has occurred

When an athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body, a coach must check the 
athlete for signs and symptoms that a concussion has occurred. If an athlete has one or more of 
the symptoms listed on the "signs of concussion" form, then that athlete must sit out until he/she 
can be evaluated by a licensed medical professional.
 

Step #2 - Seeking Medical Care

When a coach thinks an athlete has suffered a concussion, the athlete must be held out of all 
practices and games until he/she is checked by a licensed medical professional. If a coach is unable 
to determine if an athlete has suffered a concussion or not, that athlete must also be held out of all 
practices and games until he/she is checked by a licensed medical professional as well. To assist the 
medical professionals the coach needs to record the following information and relay it to the 
medical professionals:

  • Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
  • Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
  • Any memory loss immediately following the injury
  • Any seizures immediately following the injury
  • Number of previous concussions (if any)
 
Step #3 - Communication

When a student-athlete has suffered a concussion it is the responsibility of the coach to contact the 
parents/legal guardian(s) of that student-athlete to inform them of the injury. The coach also needs 
to communicate with the athletic director and the school nurse about the injury. Finally, the coach 
will fill out an accident report about the injury and incident.

 
Step #4 - Return to Play

A student-athlete may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated be a licensed health care 
provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and has received written 
clearance to return to play from that health care provider. When a coach receives a written clearance 
of that note from a student-athlete, a copy of that notes needs to be sent to the athletic director 
and school nurse to keep on file.