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CONCUSSION EDUCATION

All coaches and volunteers are required to complete the NFHS Concussion Training Course annually. (Approved Ruling 2.12.2.2) 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:

  • headache

  • fogginess

  • difficulty concentrating

  • easily confused

  • slowed thought processes

  • difficulty with memory

  • nausea

  • lack of energy, tiredness

  • dizziness, poor balance

  • blurred vision

  • sensitive to light and sounds

  • mood changes irritable, anxious, tearful

Suggested Concussion Management:

  • 1.

    No athlete should return to play (RTP) or practice on the same day of a concussion.

  • 2.

    Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional that day.

  • 3.

    Any athlete with a concussion should be medically cleared by an appropriate health-care professional prior to resuming participation in any practice or competition.

  • 4.

    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

November 11

th

November 17

th

Tuesday Monday

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