MSAD 58 Concussion Information
Concussion Information for Students and Families
- In accordance with MSAD 58 School Board Policy JJIF Management of Concussions and Other Head Injuries all staff and students must follow district protocols.
MSAD 58 Concussion Information Sheet
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’ts see a concussion and most sports concussion occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your student athlete reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion, seek medical attention right away.
What can happen if my child keeps playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion should be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of concussion leave the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athletes will often under report symptoms of injuries, and concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and students is the key for the student-athlete’s safety.
What should I do if I think my child has suffered a concussion?
Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. MSAD 58 requires that consistent and uniform implementation of well-established return to play concussion guidelines that have been recommended for several years and reflected in Board policy:
- Any student suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury during a school-sponsored athletic activity including, but not limited to competition, practice, or scrimmage, must be removed from the activity immediately.
- No student will be permitted to return to activity or to participate in any other school-sponsored athletic activity on the day of the suspected concussion.
- Any student who is suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury shall be prohibited from further participation in school-sponsored athletic activities until s/he has been evaluated and received written medical clearance to do so from a licensed health care provider who is qualified and trained in concussion management.
You should inform your child’s coach or teacher if you think your child may have a concussion. Remember it is better to miss one game than the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out.
This documents is adapted from the CDC and 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sports Consensus Statement (2009)
For current and up-to date information you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_prevention.html