RARO Policy on Concussions
The RARO Board has approved the following policy on handling head injuries and concussions during RARO practices, events and games:
If a suspected concussion occurs during a RARO practice, event or game that does not require immediate medical attention, it will be the final decision of RARO personnel or EMT personnel present to make a decision to disallow any further activity that day. In the absence of RARO personnel, the RARO coach present shall make this call and also is responsible for informing RARO officials as soon as possible. In all such instances, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the child shall be notified. In all such instances, it is advised to always err on the side of caution. Parents are advised to closely monitor the child for symptoms, especially in the first 24 hours after an injury has occurred if immediate medical attention is not sought. Said player shall not be allowed to return to RARO activity without medical clearance and written permission from a physician.
Parents are requested to report to RARO officials and the team coach if the child has suffered a head trauma in a non- RARO related event to help us monitor the child closely during activity.
The consequences of failing to monitor head injuries and possible concussions can have negative, life-changing effects. We encourage all RARO personnel, coaches, parents and participants to treat every such instance with the caution it deserves.
Click this link http://www.carilionclinic.org/concussions for Info on concussions courtesy of Carilion Clinic.