MILTON JR. EAGLES STUDENT/PARENT CONCUSSION AWARENESS FORM
DANGERS OF CONCUSSION
Concussions at all levels of sports have received a great deal of attention and a state law has been passed to address this issue. Adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a concussion. Once considered little more than a minor “ding” to the head, it is now understood that a concussion has the potential to result in death, or changes in brain function (either short-term or long-term). A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. Continued participation in any sport following a concussion can lead to worsening concussion symptoms, as well as increased risk for further injury to the brain, and even death.
Player and parental education in this area are crucial – that is the reason for this document. Refer to it regularly. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian of each student who wishes to participate in the Milton Jr. Eagles Feeder Basketball program. One copy needs to be returned to Milton Jr. Eagles, one provided to the City of Milton and one retained at home.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSION
A headache, dizziness, poor balance, moves clumsily, reduced energy level/tiredness
Nausea or vomiting
Blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sounds
Fogginess of memory, difficulty concentrating, slowed thought processes, confused about surroundings or game assignments
Unexplained changes in behavior and personality
Loss of consciousness (NOTE: This does not occur in all concussion episodes.)
MILTON JR. EAGLES CONCUSSION POLICY:
In accordance with Georgia law 2013 HB 48 and national playing rules published by the National Federation of State High School Associations, any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the practice or contest and shall not return to play until an appropriate health care professional has determined that no concussion has occurred. (NOTE: An appropriate health care professional may include licensed physician (MD/DO) or another licensed individual under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management.
- No athlete is allowed to return to a game or a practice on the same day that a concussion (a) has been diagnosed, OR (b) cannot be ruled out.
- Any athlete diagnosed with a concussion shall be cleared medically by an appropriate health care professional prior to resuming participation in any future practice or contest. The formulation of a gradual return to play protocol shall be a part of the medical clearance.
- It is mandatory that every coach in Milton Jr. Eagles participate in a free, online course on concussion management prepared by the CDC ( http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/index.html) or the NFHS (nfhslearn.com) at least every two years – beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.
- Milton Jr. Eagles will be responsible for monitoring the participation of its coaches in the concussion management course, and shall keep a record of those who participate.
I HAVE READ THIS FORM AND I UNDERSTAND THE FACTS PRESENTED IN IT.