Seven Oaks School Division places a high priority on the health, safety and overall wellness of our students and recognize that children and adolescents are at a high risk of concussion – especially while participating in certain sports.
Our extensive CONCUSSION AWARENESS PROGRAM will help coaches, parents, teachers and students recognize, manage and – most importantly – prevent injuries and long-lasting effects.
The SOSD proud to be part of a city-wide Concussion Prevention and Awareness program that includes a series of education components for students, parents, coaches and teachers and also increased on-site medical coverage at our high-risk sporting events.
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way a person may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.
A concussion can occur even if there has been no loss of consciousness (in fact most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness).
A concussion is a brain injury that causes changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical (e.g., headache, dizziness), cognitive (e.g., difficulty concentrating or remembering), emotional/behavioural (e.g., depression, irritability) and/or related to sleep (e.g., drowsiness, difficulty falling asleep).
WHAT CAUSES A CONCUSSION?
Any blow to the head, face or neck, or somewhere else on the body that causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion. Examples include getting body -checked in hockey or hitting one's head on the floor in gym class.
The linked resources below are available for download by any and everyone. The more education we can share in the area of concussion prevention and our CONCUSSION AWARENESS PROGRAM, the better.
SOSD CONCUSSION PROTOCOL
- If any SOSD High School student athlete is suspected to have sustained a concussion, as a result of an incident during a team activity (game, practice or training), that player will be assessed by the therapist, on-site, further using the SCAT5 assessment tool.
(Note, currently only high contact high school sport teams have NRG AT's at their games. Other sports and practices are to be monitored by coaches and SOSD team coaches must follow the same guidelines & protocol)
- If the assessment confirms initial suspicions, then the athlete will be immediately removed from the remainder of the game.
- The athletic therapist will provide the athlete with a referral note/ letter, to see their GP or another medical doctor (MD). The will also provide the results of their SCAT5 field assessment.
- The AT will contact parents and confirm with the team's coaching staff that the athlete is REQUIRED to visit their GP or another medical professional asap, within 24hrs.
- The GP may determine no concussion was sustained but in most cases they will confirm the same findings as the AT who was on site and administered the initial assessment.
- The medical professional will prescribe a recovery procedure that will include the 6 stages of Return-To-Play that can be found within the resources menu to the left.
- Once and only once, the athlete has received medical clearance from the same medical professional will they be allowed to return to play.
(Note, there isn't a set timeline to return. The recovery time will vary from incident to incident. Any setbacks in recover will prolong the return and could result in further medical attention. The team coaching staff and NRG AT should be kept up to date throughout the recovery process. The athlete and parents honesty and cooperation is imperative throughout this process.)
Thank you for your participation in this important initiative.
For more info or to contact the SOSD Phys. Ed. / Health Coordinator, email email@example.com