USSA Concussion FAQ
The USSA Concussion Policy refers to minors, what about seniors?
What does a TD or Head Coach, do to react to a suspected concussion?
An athlete is suspected of a concussion injury during Friday's training, how do they compete in Saturday or Sunday competition?
How does an event organizer know if an athlete is on a concussion hold?
Where can I find the "USSA membership hold roster"?
Who is qualified to sign the release authorizing the athlete to return to competition or training?
Who is authorized to place an athlete on membership hold due to suspected concussion?
How does a coach report a concussion to USSA?
Many states have Concussion Law, what takes precedence?
Does this USSA policy and procedure regarding concussion apply to FIS races in the USA?
What if a member coach influences the decision of the TD and jury to bench an athlete for the purpose of advancing his own athlete?
What if a coach enters an athlete who had a concussion previously?
What symptoms may be utilized by the competition TD or USSA Member Coach in identifying a suspected concussion?
Common symptoms include:
How do I locate a medical professional to help manage and clear the injured athlete?
For parents, we recommend the imPACT testing so that they have an impartial opinion on the status of their child's concussion. Kids often are keen to get back too soon, and will underplay the effects. As we know this can be extremely dangerous, and so with the testing the decision is pretty black and white, and takes the onus off of the parents being the "bad guys".
Is our Club covered under USSA policy and procedures for concussion issues or do we, as a club, need to also have a policy? We recommend that the club has their own policy in order to adhere to and be in compliance with both State Law and with USSA policy. You are welcome to use or adapt our policy as much as possible. The important thing is that you adhere to the law.
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