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Concussion Policy

In 2011 the state of MN passed legislation 121A.38 CONCUSSION PROCEDURES regarding youths returning to play after sustaining a concussion.

To comply with EVAA policy, all coaches are required to complete online training and complete certification (to be completed every 3 years).  Parents and our community supporters are also encouraged to complete the online training to familiarize and increase their knowledge on the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  This training will also discuss the recommended protocol to return to play in order to minimize further complications.

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Follow the instructions below to complete the training:

Required steps:

1) Access the concussion training HERE

2) After completion of the training and quiz, you can print out your certification. 

3) Email certificate to concussionsEVAA@gmail.com

4) If you coach multiple sports, be sure to state that in the email.  If in the future you begin coaching another sport please email concussionsEVAA@gmail.com to update your profile.
 

For Coaches

SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF:
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can’t recall events after hit or fall
 
 
When should a player return to play? 

For Parents

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?
 
1.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY.
A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities, including sports.
 
2.
KEEP YOUR CHILD OUT OF PLAY.
Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let yourchild return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing—risk a greater chance of having a repeat concussion. Repeat or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child
for a lifetime.
 
3.
TELL YOUR CHILD’S COACH ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS CONCUSSION.
Coaches should know if your child had a previous concussion. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach

Thank you for taking the time to keep our youth safe.

 

To report a concussion within EVAA youth sports please email concussionsEVAA@gmail.com

 

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