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Concussion Policy

Concussions have increasingly been in the news.

What we used to call "having your bell rung" or a "ding" we now know may be a concussion.  And concussions have the potential of causing long-term health problems for athletes who return to competition before their brain has a chance to heal.

In order to err on the side of caution, protect our student-athletes and provide our coaches with general guidance, Holy Family has adopted a concussion policy that is similar to the policies that public high schools must follow as a matter of law in the Commonwealth and that the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) adopted in its 2010-2011 handbook: 

“Any contestant 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 [event] and shall not return to competition until cleared by an appropriate health care provider.”


Simply stated, the HFA policy mirrors the NFSH policy except that when parents are satisfied that it is safe for the athlete to resume competition, they may clear the athlete to return by providing a note to the athletic director, Mr. Storey.  

Coaches will rely on the the symptoms described in the NFHS policy above and the circumstances of the injury, but please remember that our coaches are not doctors.

Two attachments below are provided for your information.
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Steve Clune,
Sep 11, 2012, 5:39 PM
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Steve Clune,
Sep 11, 2012, 5:39 PM
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