All coaches and volunteers are required to complete the NFHS Concussion Training Course annually. (Approved Ruling 184.108.40.206) Please access the course at www.NFHSLearn.com
NFHS SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSION
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. An athlete does not have to lose consciousness (be “knocked out”) to have suffered a concussion.
Common Symptoms of Concussion Include:
slowed thought processes
difficulty with memory
lack of energy, tiredness
dizziness, poor balance
sensitive to light and sounds
mood changes – irritable, anxious, tearful
Suggested Concussion Management:
No athlete should return to play (RTP) or practice on the same day of a concussion.
Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional that day.
Any athlete with a concussion should be medically cleared by an appropriate health-care professional prior to resuming participation in any practice or competition.
After medical clearance, RTP should follow a step-wise protocol with provisions for delayed RTP based upon return of any signs or symptoms.
2014 KEY DATES
Date of 1st Practice (all schools) Week #1 Games Week #2 Games
Week 6 Week 8 Week 9
Monday Thursday Thursday
August 11 August 28 September 4th th th
1 s t R o u n d P l a y - o f f s ( D 1 , D 2 ) 2 n d R o u n d P l a y - o f f s ( D 1 , D 2 ) Quarterfinals Play-offs (D1, D2) Semifinals Play-offs (D1, D2)
Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20
th th Thursday October 30 Wednesday November 5