The following are some signs (observed by others) and symptoms reported by a student athlete suffering from a concussion:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Appears confused
  • Forgets plays
  • Unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to or after the injury

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion

When a concussion occurs, the athlete will not return to play or practice the same day of the concussion unless cleared by a physician licensed to practice in all its branches in Wisconsin. The athlete should be referred to the appropriate health care

Provider (as defined in Act 172) within 72 hours after sustaining a concussion.

Many concussions occur during practice or at events when the school nurse or health aide is not available. In these cases, the coach should initiate the concussion assessment by documenting the athlete's signs and symptoms on the signs and symptoms checklist. In the case where the appropriate health care provider is present, a complete concussion assessment will be carried out. When a concussion occurs, the athlete will not return to play or practice the same day of the concussion.

This progression reflects the minimum steps required for return to play. Return to play may take many days and in some cases weeks to occur.

a. No activity.

i. Do not progress to step two until asymptomatic for 24 hours.

ii. After asymptomatic for 24 hours retake Impact test.

b. Light aerobic exercise.

c. Sports-specific exercise

d. Non-contact training drills

e. Full-contact practice

f. Return to play

Note: If the athlete experiences post-concussion symptoms during any phase, the athlete should drop back to the previous asymptomatic level and resume the progression after 24 hours.

At the beginning of sport season, the parent and athlete will attend a Coach's Meeting which will include a concussion awareness and recognition information session. In this session the parent and athlete will be informed of the signs and symptoms of a concussion, the District's concussion policy and rules, the procedures that will be followed for the care of a concussed athlete, the return to school suggestions and the return to play protocol. In addition, they will be given a concussion facts sheet. (See Attachment 3: Wisconsin Fact Sheet for Athletes)

Coaches will be given a coach's concussion facts sheet. (See Attachment 4: Coaches' Fact Sheet.)

Attachment 3 Wisconsin Fact Sheet for Athletes
Attachment 4: Coaches' Fact Sheet


First Reading:  August 21, 2012
Second Reading: August 21, 2012
Date Approved:  August 21, 2012
For the Board:  Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Dean Troyer, Member