In compliance with the passage of House Bill 284, and to ensure the ongoing safety of our youth sport participants, the following protocols will be effective immediately:
At the time of registration parents will receive an information sheet and be asked to initial on the registration form that he/she has recieved the informational sheet on concussions. If a parent is registering online, this information will be provided to him/her online and he/she will have to click to acknowlege and agree to this information when completing the online transaction.
Required Coach Training
All volunteer coaches will be required to complete one of the following free trainings below and submit a printed copy of the certificate of completion to OCRD.
CDC Heads Up:Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Course OR National Alliance for Youth Sports Online Training Course. These trainings feature interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive excerices to get coaches, parents and others prepared for the new season in less than 30 minutes. The information will help persons recognize concussion and know how to respond if a concussion is suspected.
What is a concussion?
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth, changing the way the brain normally works.
SIGNS OBSERVED BY STAFF/COACH/PARENT
SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETES
The Following Danger Signs Represent a Medical Emergency
How to dealing with a Suspected Concussion
Steps to Recovery
Rest - Athletes that have sustained a concussion need to get as much rest as possible in the days and weeks following the incident to help the brain recover and heal. Resting includes getting adequate sleep, refraining from physical activities and avoiding cognitive activities such as video games, watching television, board games, schoolwork, etc. Allow daily naps or even breaks from daily activity if your child feels tired.
Monitor - Parents should check for any additional symptoms developing over the days following the incident.
Return to Play - The health care provider should provide recommendations and an action plan for returning to daily life to include school and athletics. Gradual reentry may be needed to include shortened or half days at school, measured return to athletics from light participation to full competition.
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