“When eight-year-olds are hitting each other-in tackle practice—with roughly the same G-forces as college players, what’s badly needed is a paradigm shift, a universal up-draft in thinking.” “This is your brain on football” by Paul Solotaroff Rolling Stone Magazine, January 2013
Ways to Teach Faculty meetings Staff in-services (health, athletics, guidance, social work, psych) Correct errors diplomatically Make it easy and use checklists
SECONDARY HEALTH OFFICE CONCUSSION CHECKLIST Student:________________________Grade:_______ Today’s Date:________ Date of Injury:_______________ Notified by:______________________ Description of injury:_______________________________________________ Current Sport:_____________Counselor:___________________ Date: _____ Concussion package mailed/given & discussed with parent. _____Add information on Database & PE alert list _____Signed parental consent received _____Email teachers/counselors alerting of concussion or head injury _____Incident report if injury occurred on school property _____Baseline/Prior Impact on file? If yes then have student re-test when symptom free Part C or consult School MD to determine when to Impact _____Check medical chart for previous concussions: List Concussion Hx dates:_________________ _____If medical note necessary for school attendance – then advise Counselor need for Concussion Team Meeting ______Completed Part C returned – check w/ counselor to see how student is doing academically before sending School MD paperwork _____Email School MD Post MTBI & medical paperwork & advise School MD of Information in Bold below & feedback from counselor/teachers RTL SECONDARY HEALTH OFFICE CONCUSSION CHECKLIST
More ways to teach Website development School newsletter Medical resources in community Psychiatric and Neuropsych resources Resource for the injured with guide to recovery
Films to view and show Head Games The Smartest Team Crash Reel United States of Football ?
What needs emphasizing Non-sports injuries are prevalent
What needs emphasizing Prevention starts in pre-season
What needs emphasizing DON’T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT HISTORY
What to emphasize Exercise and Fitness, Team sports are important to a healthy childhood
What needs emphasizing Holistic and individualized approach to each injury is required
What needs emphasizing College level: no NCAA umbrella rules!
What NOT to emphasize New helmets, bells and whistles Different equipment ImPACT testing unless very experienced Long term disability risk ? Beware of snake oil salespeople