In July 2011, the state of Virginia brought into law the Student Athlete Protection Act, an awareness act providing guidelines and procedures regarding identification and handling of suspect concussions. Though this law is directed to middle and high schools, Greater Vienna Babe Ruth (GVBR) and Falls Church-Annandale Babe Ruth Baseball are committed to the safety of our baseball players and include this information to educate athletes, parents and coaches.
GVBR and Falls Church-Annandale and other youth sports organizations in Virginia follow Code 22.1-271.5 related to policies for student-athletes with concussions.
Signs a player may have a concussion
· Appears dazed or stunned
· Is confused about assignment or position
· Forgets plays
· Unsure of game, score or opponent
· Loses consciousness (even briefly)
· Shows behavior or personality changes
· Can’t recall events prior to or after the hit or fall
· Headache or pressure in the head
· Nausea or vomiting
· Balance problems or dizziness
· Double or blurt vision
· Sensitivity to light or noise
· Feeling sluggish
· Concentration or memory problems
What a Coach should do if a Concussion is suspected
1. Remove the athlete from play
2. Inform the athlete’s parents/guardians of the possible concussion
3. Ensure the athlete is evaluated immediately by an appropriate health care professional
4. Allow the athlete to return to play only after an appropriate health care professional clears his or her return
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION DON'T HIDE IT ~ REPORT IT ~ TAKE TIME TO RECOVER! IT'S BETTER TO MISS ONE GAME THAN THE WHOLE SEASON.
IF YOU THINK A FRIEND/TEAMMATE HAS A CONCUSSION TELL YOUR COACH AND/OR YOUR PARENTS.
STEPPING UP FOR YOUR FRIEND COULD SAVE HIS/HER LIFE.