The Team 7:15 Concussion Management
We have been working very hard with the best minds in the area of Brain Trauma. After interviewing all of our members and reviewing each of their tragic injuries we have come up with the most comprehensive Concussion Management plan that we have seen released. This is the way to move ahead. Your feedback is appreciated and please share this with anyone you would like to share with. This is being sent with almost 100 signatures to schools all over the country as we are able.
“Team 7:15” Concussion Prevention and Management Game Plan
Standards of Care that should be used in Youth Athletics
- Approved Brain Injury & Concussion Education including a certification quiz must be required annually for all coaches. Four CDC Approved Programs Attached
- Educate Parents, Players, and School Personnel or League Directors who are involved with athletics on the Dangers of Concussion and this should be required.
- An Information sheet about the dangers of concussion and brain trauma must be signed by all athletes and their parents every year and a record maintained prior to the start of the athletic season. (Lystedt Law Form Attached)
- Hire an Athletic Trainer either for the school or on contract for contact sports events. At a minimum doctors or trainers should be required at all contact sports games.
- Require Baseline Concussion Testing; such as ImPACT, in the Preseason for all athletes in your school. This can be done through sponsorship or at a very low cost.
- Consult with the Professional League or appropriate body in all sports and implement Practice regimens that are age specific with a focus on limiting contact outside of the game setting to lessen total exposure. Make sure your equipment is up to date. This varies with the sport. NFL, USA Football, USA LaCrosse, etc.
- Assign a Coach/Admin on each team to work with and be responsible for the players and medical staff regarding brain injury related matters.
- Remove all athletes suspected of or showing any signs of having a concussion from the game or practice immediately.
- Refer the athlete to trainer or medical staff. Use SCAT or ACE Field tests etc. immediately to assess the need for further help. Track the incident with good written notes. Have them looked at by “appropriate medical professionals.” NFHS p 83
- Any player with unconsciousness must be taken to an appropriate hospital with the capability to handle traumatic brain injuries immediately.
- No player suspected of having a concussion may return to play without being cleared and issued written approval by an appropriate medical professional.
- No Player suspected of having a concussion may return to play without being given a follow up neuro-cognitive assessment test and achieving an acceptable score when compared to the baseline score. Document this carefully.
- Rest the athlete at least a week or longer after they have written medical clearance and use accepted return to play steps approved at the International Conference on Concussion in Sport, (Zurich ‘08); at a minimum. NFHS 83
- Report the incident immediately to the athlete’s parents/legal guardians and provide them with detailed information about what happened.
- Consider strongly holding the athlete out of school for true cognitive rest after injury. This has shown to aid in recovery and prevent risk of further damage.
- Provide academic accommodations as needed during recovery time. Less Homework and reduced coursework is strongly encouraged.
- At a minimum have an Ambulance and ET/Paramedics at all Contact Sport contests. Cooperate and Coordinate with opposing schools to share resources; both trainers and Ambulance services.
- Have an approved and updated Emergency Action Plan that will go into action the minute there is an injury. Make sure you know for every home field where to transport a Traumatic Brain Injury Victim to. Have all necessary Phone Numbers. See Attached Emergency Action Plan Form.
- Track All Helmets from Purchase, know who wore the helmet annually, and retire promptly on the date the manufacturer recommends if not sooner.
- Track Reconditioning of all helmets to insure they meet manufacturers recommendations. Make sure a Licensed NOCSAE Equipment/Helmet Reconditioner is used. List is attached.
- Only Trained Staff should fit helmets on athletes.
- One Player and One Helmet: NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ATHLETES SHARE HELMETS with team mates.
- Check Helmets each game for fit. Teach players responsibility.
- Invest in the best equipment available but understand equipment is not the solution to the Brain Injury issue.
- Make sure you utilize all the many tools available from the CDC “Heads Up For Concussion”. Information is attached.
- Utilize the Four Interactive CDC Approved Concussion Videos live on the web for your Schools Educational use; See attached.
- If your school has Turf surfaces review the latest information on that surface concussion occurrences.
- Offer your athletes and their family’s concussion/brain injury insurance and optional death benefit coverage to protect them is a tragedy occurs.
- Hang the NFL Poster “Let’s Take Brain Injuries out of Play” in your boys and girls locker rooms.
- Reward athletes who look out for themselves and their teammate’s health.
For More information on what we are doing here at Team 7:15 call our director Dirk Knudsen at 503-799-8383 anytime. We have a power point dedicated to education as well as a mini-documentary dedicated to saving lives in production.