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Horizon School Division
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AP 497 - Concussion Procedure - Interschool Athletics
Background

The Board is committed to the provision of a safe learning environment for students participating in interschool activities.  Concussion prevention and post-concussion protocols are a high priority.    

Preamble

The principal is responsible for ensuring that the expectations outlined in these policies and regulations are met.

1.  Prevention
1.1.  All coaches in all activities are expected to follow the “Saskatchewan Physical Education Safety Guidelines for Policy Development” or current Board directives, whichever is more restrictive, with a focus on minimizing inherent risks in each activity.
1.2.  In tackle football, any coach in charge of drills involving contact must have acceptable training in teaching contact such as NCCP Level 1 or higher certification in football where a component on teaching contact was included, completion of a University football class that included a component on teaching contact, or completion of a HZSD-sponsored and/or approved in-service on teaching contact.
1.3.  Coaches are encouraged to C view Football Canada’s “Module 2: Safe Contact” video. The video and manual can be found at Click Here.
1.4.  The head coach will be responsible for ensuring all coaches have the above stated training before allowing a coach to be in charge of drills involving contact.
1.5.  Tackle football teams must have their helmets and shoulder pads inspected annually by a qualified football equipment inspector.
1.6.  Tackle football helmets that are more than ten years past their manufacture date shall be destroyed or otherwise decommissioned.
1.7.  Equipment fitting in tackle football must be done by a teacher-coach or approved non-faculty coach.
2.  Recognition and Management
2.1.  In all activities, each coach and supervisor for each team must have taken School Sport Canada’s “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” online course (or similar HZSD-approved resource) prior to the first practice.  “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” is a free course, takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and is available at Click Here.  Proof of completion (e.g. printed completion certificate or completion code) must be presented to the school principal prior to the first practice.
2.2.  For tackle football games, the head coach is responsible for ensuring an emergency plan has been put in place.  The emergency plan must include notification to appropriate emergency-trained personnel of the time and place of the event so they are aware and on call.
2.3.  All schools will print and post (for easy access) in their gymnasium
2.3.1.  “Concussion Guidelines for the Coach/Trainer” (or similar HZSD-approved resource).  The CGCT can be found at Click Here.
2.3.2.  Football and soccer coaches will be required to have the CGCT or the “Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool” (or similar HZSD-approved resource) on site (e.g. in a coach’s pocket or in the medical kit) for all practices and games.  The PCRT can be found at Click Here.
NOTE: Sports Concussion Assessment Tool Version 3 (SCAT3) is for trained medical personnel only.
2.4.  If any member of the coaching or training staff suspects a student has sustained a concussion in a practice, game, or competition, the student shall be removed from practice, play, or competition at that time. HZSD’s required approach to any suspected concussion is “when in doubt, sit them out”.  Should a concussion be suspected, the coach will notify the athlete’s parent/guardian of the occurrence of the injury as promptly and practicably as possible, and of the need for medical clearance before returning to activity. Any player who has been removed from practice, play, or competition due to a suspected concussion may not return to play until the player has been evaluated by a licensed medical professional, preferably one with experience in treating concussions, and receives written clearance to return to the activity.
2.5.  Where a student has been diagnosed with a concussion, coaches will follow:
2.5.1.  Thinkfirst “Return to Play” protocol when reintroducing the student to the activity.  This protocol can be found at Click Here.
2.5.2.  All schools will print and post (for easy access) in their gymnasium the “Return to Play” protocol.  
2.5.3.  Football and soccer coaches will be required to have the “Return to Play” protocol on site (e.g. in a coach’s pocket or in the medical kit) for all practices and games.


July 15, 2013