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From Athletic Training: Concussion Policy, Procedures, and Prevention

Pamela DeVeaux, M.S.; Associate Athletic Trainer
Tilton School strives to maintain the health and well-being of its student population. Recently, Tilton School updated and posted our Athletic Training Sports-Related Concussion Management Policy and Procedures, researched and updated by Associate Athletic Trainer Pamela DeVeaux, M.S. This policy was created in August 2018 and will be reviewed annually using the most recent research and best practice recommendations.

According to a 2017 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 15% of high school athletes reported at least one concussion in the previous year. When looking to create a “Culture of Concussion Safety,” educating athletes on proper safety precautions and ways to prevent a head injury while playing is key. Here are ways to prevent concussions, as outlined by Tilton School Associate Athletic Trainer, Pamela DeVeaux, M.S.

1. Always Wear Proper Equipment: Make sure all equipment is in good condition and fits properly - especially your helmet! If you need assistance fitting your equipment, the athletic trainers can help.

2. Limit the Amount of Contact You Take in Practice: This isn’t always applicable, but cutting down the amount of hits a student athlete takes during practice time is an effective way to lessen the chance of a concussion.

3. Always Report Your Injury: No matter what, make sure you report all hits and symptoms to your athletic trainers. Second Impact Syndrome is very real! It is a condition in which a second concussion occurs before a first concussion has properly healed, causing rapid and severe brain swelling.

4. Give Your Brain the Time it Needs to Heal: Your athletic trainers and health professionals know best, so take their diagnosis to heart. Even if you start to “feel better,” see your rest and healing through until told otherwise.

5. Ease back into School and Sports: Setbacks can be caused by doing too much too soon. Don’t try to rush the healing process!

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