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Concussion Policy

Longhorn Youth Lacrosse Association recognizes that adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussions. In compliance with the passage of House Bill 284, (The Return to Play Act of 2013) and to ensure the ongoing safety of our youth athletes, the following protocols will be effective January 1, 2014:

    A. Prior to the beginning of each athletic season, an informational sheet emphasizing the risks of concussions shall be distributed to the parents/guardians of all youth athletes (ages 7 to 18).

    B. Any youth athlete who participates in youth athletics and exhibits signs of a concussion must be removed from the game, practice, competition or tryout and be evaluated by a healthcare provider.*

    C. Any youth athlete who is deemed by a health care provider as sustaining a concussion shall not be permitted to return to play until he/she receives clearance from a health care provider for a full or graduated return to play.

* The term 'healthcare provider' means a licensed physician or another licensed individual under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management.

The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Concussion Program is a leader in managing concussion signs and symptoms in children and teens.  CHOA uses Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT™), a computer-based evaluation for sports concussion.  A pre-concussion ImPACT test helps establish baseline cognitive functioning. This baseline can be compared to post-concussion testing if the athlete suffers a head injury later.  ImPACT testing can be administered at CHOA's Forsyth location at the Collection at Forsyth, (fka The Avenue) at Hwy 141 and GA 400.  Click here to visit CHOA's website.
The US Lacrosse Health and Safety committee has dedicated vast amounts of time, energy and webspace to concussion awareness.  USL works closely with The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has also formed a strategic alliance with ImPACT Applications, Inc (ImPACT) to launch a formal Concussion Management Program for lacrosse players that offers concussion testing, education, awareness and state-of-the-art standards of care.  Click here for the USLacrosse Video on Concussions.
If you need medical advice for an injured child, please call 911, seek a doctor or go to your local ER immediately.