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GBA Concussion Protocol

GBA Concussion Protocol rev 11/2017

The following four-step action plan for the GBA Basketball program adapted from the CDC that provides information on what should be done if a concussion occurs or is suspected.

  1. Immediately 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, keep the athlete out of play.
  1. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Health care professionals have a number of methods that they can use to assess the severity of concussions. Recording the following information can help them 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; and
    • if known, the number of previous concussions.
  1. Inform the athlete’s parents/guardians immediately or as soon as possible (required to occur within 24 hours in Connecticut) about the suspected concussion and that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional and that written clearance by a licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions must be provided to the school in order for the student athlete to participate in team activities involving physical exertion. Please notify your League Commissioner at this time as well.
  1. Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a licensed health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, determines that the athlete is symptom-free and clears the student to begin the return-to-play protocol. 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 (CDC 2012).

Note: Best practice suggests that the athlete should be kept out of play until he or she has a normal exam, is back to his or her pre-injury academic participation and has completed a supervised graduated exercise (“Return-to-Play”) protocol (Br J Sports Med 2013;47: 250–258; Journal of Athletic Training 2014;49(2):245–265; Pediatric Annals Sept. 2012, 41 (9):1-6).

by posted 11/27/2017
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