The Board of Education recognizes that concussions and head injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The physical and mental well-being of our students is a primary concern. Therefore the Clarence School District adopts the following Policy to support the proper evaluation and management of concussion injuries.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). A concussion occurs when normal brain functioning is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Recovery from concussion and its symptoms will vary. Avoiding re-injury and over-exertion until fully recovered are the cornerstones of proper concussion management. Concussions can impact a student’s academics ad well as his athletic pursuits.
Concussion Management Team
In accordance with the Concussion Management and Awareness Act, the Clarence School District has established a Concussion Management Team (CMT) which is composed of the certified athletic director, the high school nurse, the middle school nurse, the school physician, the certified athletic trainer, and such other appropriate personnel as may be necessary. This CMT shall oversee and implement the school district’s concussion policy and regulations.
Components of the Policy
Concussion management handouts will be reviewed with parents and students at the preseason meetings and will be sent home with the permission slip for parental review and approval.The concussion management policy, handouts, and additional material will be on the Clarence Athletic Department website under Concussion Management.
If a student sustains a concussion at a time other than when engaged in a school-sponsored activity, the Clarence School District expects the parent/guardian to report the condition to the school nurse so that the school can support the appropriate management of the condition.