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Concussion / Head Injury
A concussion is a brain injury that is characterized by an onset of impairment of cognitive and/or physical functioning, and is caused by a blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes a sudden jarring of the head.
- headache or feeling of pressure in the head
- dizziness/feeling “in a fog”
- balance deficit
- unequal pupil size
- sensitivity to light and sound
- blurred vision
- overall slowed down feeling
- slurred speech
Washington County Public Schools Concussion Policy Overview:
- The head injury is reported to the Certified Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director, immediately.
- The athlete will be evaluated by a supervising ATC or immediately referred to a physician.
- The athlete must be evaluated by a physician, PA or nurse practitioner following recognition of concussion symptoms.
- A doctor’s note must be given to the athletic director, who will then give a copy to the ATC.
- Once diagnosed as a concussion, the athlete will remain out of all activity until released by a physician to begin the graduated return to play.
- The graduated return to play will begin only once released by a physician, PA or NP-C, and the student athlete is completely symptom free.
- There will be a five-day graduated return to play (One (1) stage per day) that must be completed prior to returning to activities and the athlete must remain symptom free throughout.
- Per VHSL regulations, there will be no graduated return days completed on a Sunday.
- Any student athlete not evaluated by a physician or nurse practitioner will be held from all activities for two weeks following complete resolution of the patient’s symptoms.
Do not ignore the symptoms of a concussion. If you feel it, report it. Report symptoms to your coach or supervising ATC, immediately.
Disclaimer: This is only an overview of our concussion policy. A complete version can be found in Policy JJAC.