To learn more about concussions, an informative online resource has been developed by Dr. Shelina Babel, Associate Director/Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and BC Children’s Hospital (cattonline.com).
KLL encourages all coaches, assistant coaches and team managers to complete the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) Course for Coaches - Coach Course – CATT Online. The CATT Course takes approximately 45-minutes ( 6 short modules with a quiz at the end of each section). Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be generated in your name. Please email a copy to email@example.com for our records.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSESSMENT
What to do if you suspect a player has sustained a severe head injury or shows any one of the red flags during a game?
- Call 911 - provide KLL baseball field name and locations
- Do not move injured player
- Appoint someone to stay with the injured player and monitor them until Emergency Services arrive.
- Inform paramedics of ePACT player information
- Notify the player’s parents’ (or emergency contacts) if not in attendance.
- Complete a - CONCUSSION INCIDENT REPORT and email copies to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
RED FLAG SYMPTOMS
- Neck pain or tenderness
- Double vision
- Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
- Severe or increasing headache
- Seizure or convulsion
- Loss of consciousness
- Deteriorating conscious state
- Increasingly restless, agitated or combative
If a player’s head injury is NOT an emergency?
- Remove the individual from the playing field and do not let them return to play for the remainder of the day.
- Do not leave the injured player alone.
- Watch for (and record if any) new symptoms.
- Notify ASAP the parents (or emergency contacts) of injured player
- The player should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
RETURN TO SPORT GUIDELINES
How can a player return to baseball following a concussion?
Medical clearance by an appropriate physician is strongly recommended.
A useful schematic on the return to sport guidelines has been developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.
The above information has been adapted from:
CATT Concussion Resources for Coaches © BCIRPU. Version 2: Updated July 2019 CATT Concussion Resources for Coaches
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