Recreation

Concussion Education

REC CLUBS CONCUSSION SAFETY EDUCATION

As part of our effort to maximize student safety, we have implemented a concussion educational module for all coaches and student safety officers involved with rec clubs.  It only takes a few minutes, but be sure to wait for the certificate at the end of the video as proof of completion.

To complete the concussion safety education just follow these easy steps:

1. Go to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

2. Click “Launch the HEADS UP Course” located on the right side of the web page.

3. Enter your full name as it will appear on your completion certificate.

4. Complete the module and print the completion certificate.

5. A student officer can bring the printed certificate to our office, or you can scan and email to the Rec Clubs office for our records.

 

CONCUSSION INFORMATION

Concussions and other brain injuries can be serious and potentially life threatening injuries in sports. Research indicates that these injuries can also have serious consequences later in life if not managed properly. In an effort to combat this injury, the following concussion management is suggested for UW Club members suspected of sustaining any type of head injury or concussion.

A concussion occurs when there is a direct or indirect insult to the brain. As a result, transient impairment of mental functions such as memory, balance/equilibrium, and vision may occur. It is important to recognize that many sport-related concussions do not result in loss of consciousness and, therefore, all suspected head injuries should be taken seriously. Coaches and fellow teammates can be helpful in identifying those who may potentially have a concussion, because a concussed athlete may not be aware of their condition or potentially be trying to hide the injury to stay in the game or practice.

When an athlete shows signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion, they should be removed from practice or competition and evaluated by a trainer, first aid attendant or doctor.  No athlete should return to play the same day where concussion is suspected.  Because symptoms of concussion can often be delayed, athletes should be closely monitored on the sideline for deterioration.

If a Club Sport member sustains a concussion when participating in an event:

  • Initial evaluation should be done by a certified trainer or first aid attendant. Student athletes should be referred to 911/Doctor if the following signs are present:
    1. deterioration of neurological function
    2. loss of level of consciousness
    3. decreased respiration or irregular respiration
    4. decreased or irregular pulse
    5. unequal, dilated, or non-reactive pupils
    6. mental status changes, lethargy, difficulty maintaining arousal, confusion, or agitation
    7. seizure activity
    8. cranial nerve deficits
    9. vomiting
  • Any participant thought to have a concussion should not return to activity for the remainder of that day, and must follow up with an examination by a physician. If determined to have suffered a concussion, the club member will not return to club practices or activity until clearance, in the form of a written note from the physician, is provided to the Rec Clubs Manager.