New Kansas Concussion Policy

August 27, 2011 | Alerts, Health Advice | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags: ,

Heads up parents and student athletes!  Kansas has a new policy regarding concussions and return to play policy.  KSHSAA has published an updated concussion policy for this year and now require parents and athletes to sign a consent form before participating.  (You can download and review these documents by clicking on the blue links.)

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’t see a concussion and most sports concussions 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 child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

The Kansas School Sports Head Injury Prevention Act provides that if an athlete suffers, or is suspected of having suffered, a concussion or head injury during a competition or practice, the athlete must be immediately removed from the competition or practice and cannot return to practice or competition until a Health Care Professional has evaluated the athlete and provided a written authorization to return to practice and competition. The KSHSAA recommends that an athlete not return to practice or competition the same day the athlete suffers or is suspected of suffering a concussion. The KSHSAA also recommends that an athlete’s return to practice and competition should follow a graduated protocol under the supervision of the health care provider (MD or DO).

For current and up-to-date information on concussions you can go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html

For concussion information and educational resources collected by the KSHSAA, go to:
http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/General/ConcussionGuidelines.cfm