Sports-related concussions in high school sports can be serious or even life-threatening situations if not managed correctly. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.
The VPA also has a dedicated site to bring parents and athletes the latest information on important sports medicine topics such as concussions, return to play protocol, heat and cold protocols, athletic trainers, mouthguards in sports, and eyeware in field hockey.
Parents should contact the school nurse in the event of any head injury or suspected/diagnosed concussion. Also, parent s needing to have student assessed by physician prior to returning to school. For more information, see the Return to Learn form below.