Recreation Department

Concussion Policy

On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman signed into law LB260, the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act.  This bill takes effect July 1, 2012.  The City of Papillion recognizes the potential danger and long-term health consequences of this often difficult to diagnose form of traumatic brain injury.  The Policy is intended to provide easy-to-understand guidelines related to players who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having a concussion.

CDC "Heads Up Youth Sports, Concussion in Youth Sports"

The Policy is for Coaches, Parents and Players but is to be shared with any other adults or participants in City of Papillion Recreation Programs.  Click here for a PDF version of the policy.

Coaches
"Coaches" means all volunteer Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches

Coaches, on their own time, will watch in its entirety at least once every two years one of the following two educational videos: Both are free.

  • “Concussion in Sports – What you Need to Know” developed by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
    Click here for the video. (users must create account)
  • “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports Online Concussion Training” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    Click here for the video.

When a Coach volunteers to coach (part of the player online registration process) the Coach will be required to answer Yes or No to a question “Have you completed one of the authorized Concussion Training videos in the past two years”

Before each season, all Coaches will be given a copy of CDC’s “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, A Fact Sheet for Coaches” document or a similar document to be approved by the Papillion Recreation Department.

Concussions rarely (less than 10% of occurrences) involve loss of consciousness.  However, in the event of loss of consciousness the Coach will call 911 or will instruct another adult to call 911.

When, during a session, a Player is suspected of having a concussion the Coach will remove the Player from the session and will not allow the player to return to play for the remainder of the session. The Coach will keep the Player out even if the Player insists, "I'm OK now, Coach"

The Coach will inform the Player’s Parent or guardian of the Player’s symptoms as soon as possible.  Ideally, the Parent will be notified immediately.

An athlete having been removed from participation for the purpose of presenting with signs or symptoms or “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion must have, before RTP or participation is allowed by a coach:

  • written and signed clearance from an appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric populations, and;
  • written and signed clearance from the athlete’s parents/legal guardians.

Parents

When a Parent registers their Player they will be required to check a box agreeing to the following: “If my child is diagnosed with a concussion during a City of Papillion Recreation activity or during ANY OTHER ACTIVITY including those outside Papillion Recreation, or if my player has a prior head injury, I will inform my child’s Coach of such diagnosis prior to the start of the season or before my child returns to play.”

An athlete having been removed from participation for the purpose of presenting with signs or symptoms or “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion must have, before RTP or participation is allowed by a coach:

  • written and signed clearance from an appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric populations, and;
  • written and signed clearance from the athlete’s parents/legal guardians.

At the start of each season, Parents will receive an e-mail from the Papillion Recreation Department that includes:

  • A brief explanation of our policy and the importance of the Parent’s role in understanding it.
  • A link to the Policy on the Papillion Recreation Department’s web site
  • An electronic copy of CDC’s “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, A Fact Sheet for Parents” document or a similar document to be approved by the City of Papillion.
  • A link to each of the two approved education videos mentioned above.
  • A link to an appropriate baseline test such as that from Axon Sports.

Players

All Players U10 and older will be given a copy of CDC’s “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, A Fact Sheet for Players” document.

All Players U12 and older will be asked to watch either of the approved education videos mentioned above at least once every two years.