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”
unequal pupil size
sensitivity to light and sound
overall slowed down feeling
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.