St. Michael the Archangel Preventative Measures
Parents/ athletes will be provided access to an information handout with information regarding concussions. It is required that this form is reviewed, and the signature sheet attached to it is signed and returned to either the Coach, Athletic Training Staff or Athletic Director. During practices coaches and athletic training staff with a focus on proper equipment fitting and use, as well as reinforcing proper technique to reduce the risk or brain or head injury.
- Athletes participating in a contact or high-risk sport must complete the ImPACT concussion baseline assessment prior to participating in practice.
- All athletes must have a signed and completed pre-participation physical completed prior to participating in practice.
- All athletes must have returned the signature sheet for the concussion information handout prior to participating in practice.
Evaluation and Return to Play Policy
- Suspected concussions should be reported to athletic training staff as soon as possible
- Athletic training staff will complete an evaluation that includes; graded symptom checklist, SCAT5 screening and neurological testing combined with clinical judgment to assess the athlete.
- Athletes that display signs of a concussion may not return to activity that day
- Athletes must return to normal school activity before starting the return to play progression
- Athletes who are suspected to have sustained a concussion must be evaluated by an MD or DO before being cleared to return to activity.
- A MSHSSA return to play document needs to be signed and completed before an athlete will be allowed to return to full participation
- To review the policy in full please review the concussion policy document
Basic Concussion Information
A Concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a force that causes the head and brain to be quickly moved. This fast movement can cause the brain to move around in the skull, creating chemical changes to the brain and sometimes even damaging brain cells. A concussion is a functional injury making it invisible for medical imaging such as CT or MRI scans, this means that even if a scan comes back normal your child could still have sustained a concussion. Diagnosis of a concussion is based on a variety of factors including; symptoms, cognitive ability and neurological testing. A proper evaluation needs to be completed by a qualified health-care professional such as an Athletic Trainer or Sports Medicine Physician.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion
|Sings observed by parents, coaches and athletic trainers:||Symptoms reported by athlete:|
|Dazed and confused||Headache and/or pressure in the head|
|Responds slowly to questions||Balance problems, blurry vision and dizziness|
|Loses consciousness||Sensitive to light or noise|
|Mood, behavior or personality changes||Confusion and concentration problems|
|Can’t recall events prior to injury||Just not feeling right|
What can you do to help?
- Learn to recognize the Signs and Symptoms of a concussion
- Encourage your child to report suspected concussions to coaches and athletic training staff
- Encourage your child to report if they suspect a teammate has a concussion to coaches or athletic training staff
- If a concussion is diagnosed, please update the athletic training staff on physician orders
- Bring MSHSAA return to play form with you to the physician visit.
House Bill 300: 2019 Annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report
Per HB-300 regulations, MSHSAA has released its annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report regarding the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website. This report can be viewed HERE.