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Concussion Course For Coaches

United States Quad Rugby Association
Concussion Policy

Sports Injury Treatment and Prevention

With the latest advances in the study of head related trauma specifically "concussion" the USQRA is making available to you the following basic information about concussion.

Concussion

According to the National Library of Medicine a concussion is described as follows:

A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury that may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. It can affect how the brain works for a while. A concussion can lead to a bad headache, changes in alertness, or loss of consciousness.

If you recieve a blow to the head, and it may even seem to be minor, and you experience things such as "seeing stars" or maybe "white or black areas in your vision" you could be suffering the effects of a concussion.

It is now known effects from "bumping your head" can increase in seriousness each time and it is no laughing matter to "get your bell rung". You could be seriously injured. The USQRA is listening and encourages all members to take the short course outlined below. Please be certain to get your coaches and staff up to speed on the symptoms of concussion. The course is free and doesn't take alot of time and you get an understanding of an injury that may lead you to saving your life or that of another member.

Athletes, just to due to the nature of their business, are particularly susceptible to head injury. Follow the link below and know what to do. If ever there is a doubt see a doctor immediately.

Official CDC Concussion Course For Coaches

The USQRA is asking that someone on the team needs to have completed this free, easy online course prior to registration.

This course will help you:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season

We can help athletes stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussion and when it is safe for athletes to return to play.

The following is the official USQRA Policy concerning Concussion. Please read it and be familiar with it. You could be the one needing help.

Download a copy of the USQRA Concussion Policy here.

We ask that you print this polkicy and distribute it to your team.

UNITED STATES QUAD RUGBY POLICY ON CONCUSSION IN THE ATHLETE

Concussion is defined by the American Medical Society as a traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function. It is a blow to the head or body which may result in improper brain functioning. The USQRA recognizes that concussions are a potentially serious condition which if ignored or improperly managed can lead to catastrophic and permanent consequences.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include, but are not limited to: headache or complaints of feeling pressure, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or noise, tinnitus, concentration problems, confusion, personality change, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, amnesia, or disorientation. These are only some of the symptoms... others may be present or may manifest hours or days later.

1) At the time of registration, the team manager or coach shall certify to the Association that he or she is familiar with this policy and has completed an approved course, whether online or in person. Further, the team manager or coach shall certify to the Association that all rostered athletes shall be informed of this policy.

2) Anyone who suspects that an athlete has a concussion must notify the team manager, coach, medical personnel, head official, or other person in authority at the practice, game, tournament, or other venue in which the athlete is present.

3) All USQRA sanctioned tournaments are required to have a health care professional on site who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

4) Any athlete suspected of having a concussion shall be stopped from playing. The head official at any tournament shall have the authority to prohibit such player from returning to competition. That player shall be assessed by an appropriate healthcare professional, certified athletic trainer, or other health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

5) A player with diagnosed concussion shall not be allowed to return to play on the day of injury.

6) Further, a player with diagnosed concussion shall not be allowed to return to play without written permission from an appropriate healthcare professional, certified athletic trainer, or other health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. A copy of the "return to play" authorization shall be sent to the Association's Commissioner and Secretary.

Mike Klonowski
Secretary, USQRA