A concussion is a brain injury, and brain injuries are very serious. They are caused by force trauma to the head and range from mild to severe. Symptoms may occur right after the trauma, or they may take several days to appear. If you have any of the following symptoms, you are required to see/report to the ASMS School nurse. Symptoms include headaches, pressure in the head, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, feeling sluggish or “foggy”, drowsiness, or a change in your sleep pattern.
If a student sustains a concussion while playing a sport (or while participating in any kind of physical activity), he/she will be removed from the game immediately and will not return that day. The student may return to the sport/activity ONLY AFTER A MEDICAL RELEASE HAS BEEN ISSUED BY A MEDICAL DOCTOR. These guidelines are required by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The AHSAA also requires a participant agreement, consent, and release be signed by the parent and student annually before playing a sport.
After a noted concussion, the student will be evaluated by a trainer, coach, or nurse and will either be seen at the closest emergency room or urgent care facility. The medical doctor will be provided a copy of the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) care plan to complete. This care plan will inform the ASMS administration, staff, instructors and coaches on the student’s timeline for recovery. The care plan will be provided to all instructors, academic counselor(s), Athletic Director, Director of Student Affairs, Assistant Director of Judicial and Community Affairs, and School nurse. A form will also be provided to the medical doctor that he/she will complete to release the student back to daily school activities and to return to sports.