New concussion policy

New concussion policy


Concussion - a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head (or hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move back and forth. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Concussion Policy July 2016, U-46 Department of School & Community Relations Illinois recently passed the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act (Public Act 099-0245) for student athletes. In response, School District U-46 developed a Return to Learn Protocol for all students, effective August 17, 2016. The previous policy only applied to athletic play in programs sponsored by the District and did not include a Return to Learn Protocol. The Return to Learn Protocol means offering concussion management for each student. Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. If it has been determined the student athlete is suffering from a concussion, they will be mandatorily removed from play. Once a student has been diagnosed with a concussion and they present a note from their physician, the District’s approved protocols will be put in place to help the student during their time of healing. When a student suffers from a concussion, their brain needs time to rest and heal with a gradual increase in activity and academic work under supervision and with accommodations. Students with suspected concussions should see their physician. The Return to Learn Protocol will take the student through four phases of recovery at their pace: 1. Complete rest – Recovery from a concussion involves two critical components: cognitive and physical rest. Continued research has shown cognitive rest to be essential in the quick resolution of concussion symptoms. Activities that include driving, playing video games, computer use, text messaging, cell phone use, loud or bright environments, watching television, reading and studying must be limited or avoided completely for a period of time following the concussion injury. Physical activity such as physical education, recess, athletics, strength or cardiovascular conditioning should be avoided completely during recovery from a concussion. 2. Return to school with half-day school attendance for a period of time 3. Full day of school attendance 4. Full academic and athletic/physical activity participation Before a student athlete begins the first phase of the Return to Play Protocol, a physician must provide written clearance to begin physical activity. The student athlete must have the postconcussion consent form signed by a parent and given to the athletic secretary. Once a doctor clears a student athlete to return to activity, the IHSA’s Return to Play Protocol will take the student through five phases of recovery as follows: 1. Light aerobic activity 2. Increased aerobic activity 3. Non-contact activity related to specific sport/skill 4. Full contact activity 5. Return to completion A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up immediately following the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury and are shown below: Symptoms Reported by Student/Athlete: Signs Observed by Others: Headache or “pressure” in head Appears dazed or stunned Nausea or vomiting Appears to lose balance Balance problems or dizziness Seems confused Double or blurry vision Vomiting Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to light/noise Sensitivity to noise Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy Concentration or memory problems Confusion Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”.

For Additional information on Concussions please click on the following websites.


IHSA Concussion

Heads Up Concussion CDC

Lurie Childrens concussion



If you have specific questions concerning your child and concussions, please contact your school Nurse.