SWSC Concussion Policy

Any SWSC athlete suspected of having sustained a concussion/ traumatic brain injury must be removed immediately from participation in SWSC sporting event (e.g. sanctioned training, practice, camps, competitions or tryouts), by the Technical Delegate or SWSC member coach overseeing such sporting event. The athlete will be prohibited from further participation until evaluated and cleared in writing to resume participation in SWSC sporting events by a qualified health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussive head injuries. The health care professional must certify to SWSC in the clearance letter that he/she has successfully completed a continuing education course in the evaluation and management of concussive head injuries within three years of the day on which the written statement is made.Upon removal of an athlete from participation for a suspected concussion/traumatic brain injury, the coach making the removal must inform SWSC. Athletes who have subsequently been medically cleared to resume participation must provide such medical clearance (as described above) to SWSC in order to be permitted to participate in SWSC sporting events.About ConcussionA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Doctors may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.Risk of Continued ParticipationA 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.The USSA recommends that Members review the Center for Disease Control’s resources on concussion awareness at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.htmlIn summary and consistent with Utah House Bill 204 the USSA has:Adopted a concussion policy. Informed Parents/Guardians of the policy. Obtained Parent/Guardian’s signature on the policy. Required removal of minor athlete suspected of having sustained a concussion. Prohibited minors from participating in all SWSC activities until cleared by a qualified medical provider trained in concussion management.
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