Concussion Management Policy
“Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.”
Durham Academy, being a member of the NCISAA, both of whom support and comply with the North Carolina Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act. Durham Academy’s Athletic Training staff follows the National Athletic Trainers Association concussion management guidelines as well in order to provide the student-athletes a consistent and medically appropriate return to play protocol before being allowed full participation after a concussion.
Appropriate diagnosis, management, referral, and education are critical for helping young athletes with concussion achieve optimal recovery and to reduce or avoid significant long-term injury.
As concussion awareness continues to rise and take a forefront in athletic safety, some key statistics include:
- An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity.
- Sport-related concussions account for 58 percent of all emergency department visits in children (8-13) and 46 percent of all concussion in adolescents (14-19).
- Athletes who have had one concussion are 1.5 times more likely to have a second; those who have sustained two concussions have a nearly three times greater risk and those with three or more have a 3.5 times higher risk.
- Date from the High School Reporting Information Online (RIO) indicated that concussions in interscholastic athletes were responsible for 8.9 percent of all athletic injuries.
For more information on concussions, visit the CDC page and the Heads Up program: www.cdc.gov/concussion.