Managing the Risks of Athlete Concussions in Independent Schools

April 2014 | 0 Comments  Average 4.5 out of 5

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Athlete concussions are a significant safety concern in K-12 schools. Institutions must take steps to protect student athletes from these dangerous head injuries and to respond appropriately when an injury occurs. This comprehensive report—which includes an analysis of UE claims—contains 12 action items to guide schools in developing an effective concussion management plan. From educating staff about concussions to documenting treatment, learn to safeguard your students and your school.

Recommended actions include:

  • Educate and train athletes, parents, coaches, and other staff
  • Document the school’s education and training on the risks of athletic participation
  • Prohibit coaches from serving as the primary supervisor for athletics health care providers
  • Conduct pre-participation physical exams
  • Develop an emergency action plan
  • Understand the limitations of equipment in preventing concussions
  • Immediately remove from play any athlete displaying the signs and symptoms of a concussion
  • Seek diagnosis by a medical professional with concussion training or experience
  • Provide physical and cognitive rest to students suffering from a concussion
  • Receive written clearance for return-to-play by a licensed medical professional
  • Reserve the right to permanently retire athletes from sports
  • Document the treatment of head injuries

Read the report for more information on preparing for and responding to concussions. See additional resources for sample concussion management plans and other tools.


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