NIAA adopts national guidelines on management of concussions |

NIAA adopts national guidelines on management of concussions

Student athletes at Whittell and South Tahoe high schools have been granted another layer of protection concerning head injuries.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association on Monday adopted guidelines from the National Federation of High Schools regarding the management of concussions.

Game officials are now authorized to remove a player from a game whom they suspect suffered a concussion. Under such circumstances, the athlete will be required to sit out the remainder of that game and not be permitted to practice or play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.

However, if a health care practitioner is at a game site and their examination of the removed player doesn’t reveal a concussion, then the player can return to the game.

Under the new concussion guidelines, an official diagnosis of concussion must be determined by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, physician’s assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner or licensed athletic trainer, paramedic or school nurse.

Athletes suffering concussions experience headaches, dizziness, confusion, balance problems and nausea, or loss of consciousness.

Once diagnosed with a concussion, an athlete can’t return to practice or be available for games until the school receives clearance in writing from a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy. School administrators will then notify the corresponding coach that the athlete is OK to return to practice.

The NFHS has developed a new 20-minute online coach education course – Concussion in Sports: “What You Need to Know.” The course also includes the NFHS’s suggested guidelines for management of concussion in Sports brochure, the NFHS sports medicine handbook and materials from the CDC Heads Up program.

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