Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is responsible for the care and education of its students. For the student diagnosed with a concussion, the academic and extracurricular impact will be varied and unique to the situation. The focus of our policy is on communication and education concerning concussions, the understanding of OLPH’s role for managing a student’s education when he/she is diagnosed with a concussion, and the responsibilities of the parent/guardian of the student diagnosed with a concussion.
Concussions are both a medical and educational concern. Assessing problems with learning and school performance, and then making appropriate and necessary changes to a student’s learning plan is a collaborative effort between the student’s health care provider and the academic leaders at his/her school.
Concussions are a common problem in sports and have the potential for serious complications if not managed correctly. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. The medical literature and lay press are reporting instances of death from “second impact syndrome” when a second concussion occurs before the brain has recovered from the first one regardless of how mild both injuries may seem.
At many athletic contests across the country, trained and knowledgeable individuals are not available to make the decision to return concussed athletes to play. Frequently, there is undue pressure from various sources (parents, player and coach) to return a valuable athlete to action. In addition, often there is unwillingness by the athlete to report headaches and other findings because the individual knows it would prevent his or her return to play.
Listed to the right are some guidelines that may be helpful for parents, coaches and others dealing with possible concussions. Please bear in mind that these are general guidelines and must not be used in place of the central role that physicians and athletic trainers must play in protecting the health and safety of student-athletes.