The following steps will be taken after you child receives a blow to the head. As a reminder, not every blow to the head is a concussion. The concussion diagnosis will come from the doctor you see, preferably your primary care physician.
Step 1: Your child has been examined by an Athletic Trainer and it is deemed he/she needs to see a physician to determine if he/she has received a concussion. You will be given 3 different forms of paperwork:
Step 2: Once your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, they will not participate in any activity until all symptoms have subsided and he/she has been cleared to play. You child will check in with the Athletic Trainer daily to monitor his/her symptoms.
Step 3: All symptoms have subsided. Your child will need to go back to your physician with the Gradual Return to Play Medical Clearance Form. The Athletic Trainer will give your child this form. The physician will clear your child to begin a return to play process.
Step 4: First your child will take the ImPACT Test. This test will be sent to our neuropsychologist to determine if he/she has returned to their baseline cognitively.
Step 5: Once your child has returned to baseline cognitively they will begin to gradually return to activity. This process takes a minimum of five days. If any symptoms return, this process is stopped for 24 hours and restarted the next day.
Step 6: Gradual Return to Play. This is a minimum of five days.
Step 7: After your child's symptoms have subsided, he/ she is back to their ImPACT baseline score, and has finished the gradual return to play he/she are able to practice without restrictions.
* This process needs to be completed even if your child receives a blow to the head on the last day practice.