B'ville adopts concussion management policy

2. The student should not be left alone and regular monitoring for deterioration is essential over the initial few hours following injury.

3. Following the initial injury, the student must follow up with his or her primary care physician or an emergency department within the first 24 hours.

4. The student must have the "Initial Concussion Checklist by Athletic Trainer or Coach/Nurse" and the "Concussion Checklist Physician Evaluation" signed and dated by the primary care physician or hospital emergency department. These forms must be returned to either the athletic trainer or school nurse.

5. Return to play must follow a medical clearance and successful completion of the "Return to Play Protocol," approved by the Board of Education.

6. The athletic trainer will supervise and document the "Return to Play Protocol." The school district's appointed physician has the final determination for a student's return to play status.

These guidelines will be implemented in the district in all cases involving head injuries or in cases for which staff members observe symptoms related to concussions. All district coaches, athletic trainers, nurses, physical education teachers, and club advisors will follow the "Return to Play/Activity Protocol" to ensure students' safety and well-being. The district will review the protocol annually and make changes to it when necessary. The district has reached out to youth sports coaches in the local area to provide them with information on the district's concussion policy as well as the latest information and recommendations on concussions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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