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GVLL Concussion Awareness Program       Current GVLL Safety Plan (PDF)
CDC Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches (PDF)      CDC Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF)

GVLL Concussion Awareness Program
GVLL has instituted procedures in the event that a child is suspected to have sustained a concussion. All coordinators, coaches, and parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following 5 steps:

  1. Remove the athlete from play. Look for signs and symptoms of a concussion if the athlete has experienced a bump or blow to the head or body. When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.

  2. Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

  3. Record the following information to help health care professionals assess the athlete after the injury:
    - Cause of the injury and force of the hit or blow to the head or body
    - Any loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out) and if so, for how long
    - Any memory loss immediately following the injury
    - Any seizures immediately following the injury
    - Number of previous concussions (if any)

  4. Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion. Make sure they know that the athlete should be seen by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

  5.  Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. A 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.

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