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Concussion Letter

posted Dec 6, 2016, 9:32 AM by Rob Brookes   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),                                                                                8/10/2017

           

            The purpose of this letter is to update you in regard to concussions and the protocol we will use in diagnosing and treating possible concussions.

            As most people are aware, concussions occur when a person receives a hit that is significant enough to move the brain within the skull.  The brain is surrounded in fluid, (much like an egg inside its egg shell), when the brain is moved it sustains two hits opposite of each other at the same time.  The brain will jiggle like Jell-O, which can lead to axon damage causing visual and motor dysfunction. While we take great care in trying to prevent concussions such as; teaching proper technique in tackling, utilizing helmets with sensors, and implementing ImPact testing (for grades 7, 9, 11), concussions can possibly still occur.

            Concussions have three levels mild, moderate and severe.  Research shows most cases of concussions are considered mild, with very few being moderate and fewer being severe. It is possible to take a hit during practice or a game and have signs and symptoms of a concussion that disappear within 15 minutes or in some cases, possibly linger for 24-48 hours. Keeping this in mind, please know that we view head injuries/concussions extremely serious and will follow the steps listed below.

If an athlete sustains a hit to the head and their helmet sensor did not go off, yet they are showing signs and symptoms of a concussion, athletes must report it to me or to a coach immediately.  We ask that you please encourage your son/daughter to do so. If the sensor did go off they will be immediately pulled off the field or out of practice and evaluated right then and there.

I will then perform my concussion evaluation. Based on the findings of the evaluation, one of the following steps will take place. The athlete will; be held out of competition for a brief time, be removed for the remainder of the game (at which time I will take their Helmet), or recommend that they visit the school’s Physician, or be taken immediately to the E.R.  Communication is essential. If we have not talked during the game, please meet with me when the game is completed.  At that time, I will inform you as to my findings and what my recommendations are.  If your son/daughter will not be seeking medical attention at that time, I will inform you as to what to look for overnight.  The next day I will re-evaluate your son/daughter.  Depending on their status during the school day and how they are feeling prior to practice I will advise as to what will happen.  If I suspect anything out of the ordinary, I will contact you and give you my findings and recommendations. If at any point they are having trouble during the day at school, it is recommended that they come see me. Please encourage them to do so.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached at:

Phone: 315-642-3427 ext 19514

Email: robbrookes@ircsd.org

Sincerely,

 

Rob Brookes, MSEd,LAT,ATC

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