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Concussion and Safety

Steps Required By Coaches Regarding Concussions

The CMYGSA will take the following 5 steps if we suspect a participant has a concussion:

STEP 1:  Remove the athlete from play. Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if the athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. When in doubt, coaches should keep the athlete out of play.

STEP 2: Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

    Possible Local Phone Numbers
       - Canonsburg Hospital Concussion Clinic - 724-873-5955
       - Washington Hospital - 724-225-7000

STEP 3:  Recording the following information can help health care professionals in assessing the athlete after the injury:
Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
Any memory loss immediately following the injury
Any seizures immediately following the injury
Number of previous concussions (if any)

STEP 4:  Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.  Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

STEP 5:  Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussions, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)—can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.

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