Concussion Protocol and Resources

Concussions: What are they and what is the protocol?
Any time there is direct contact to the head, protective gear or not, there is a high probability of a concussion or brain contusion. Sustaining a contusion on the brain can impair basic physical functions, cognition and emotion. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not solely a football injury, they can occur during a variety of incidents: an object hitting the head and face area, falling or making contact with a fixed object, or in high-velocity car crashes. Whatever the case, all TBIs must be treated carefully and monitored.

When there is a suspected TBI, an athlete will be immediately removed from competition and physical activities. Sustaining a second hit in a short period of time following a TBI can lead to severe consequences. Upon a second hit to the head or face area, there is immediate swelling and deep bleeding that occurs inside the skull. This event is known as second impact syndrome. Second impact syndrome, when it occurs, can lead to complications, hospitalizations and even death. There are astounding statistics showing adolescent athlete deaths from sustaining multiple head injuries that go undiagnosed and unmonitored by a health care professional.

Concussion Protocol

Once the athletic trainer evaluates a student-athlete and a medical doctor diagnoses a TBI, the Riverside Prep Concussion Protocol is set in motion. Included below are the resources regarding head injuries directly from the California Interscholastic Federation sports medicine and safety page. Please refer to these in the event of a concussion. Using these documents and resources will make communication easier and place the safety of your child above all else.

Concussion Symptom Checklist
Return to Play Protocol
Acute Concussion Notification Form
Return to Learn
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