Concussion Guidelines and Procedures for Faculty & Coaches

The issues of concussion awareness and management of head injuries continue to take center stage in athletic medicine.

As we all strive to do what’s best for the students in our community, and so we may better align ourselves with schools in and around New England (both public and private), Lawrence Academy asks that you read and complete the on-line concussion education program: "Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know".

This on-line course is offered through the National Federation of State High School Associations, is free of charge, and will take you less than 30 minutes to complete from the start of registration.

Once you have completed this course, please follow the instructions so that we can verify completion. Feel free to contact Frank Mastrangelo in the Athletic Training office with any questions.

RECOGNIZE, REMOVE, REFER

A.Recognize concussion

  • All coaches and faculty members must familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of concussion by completing the NFHS Online Concussion Education Program.
  • Any coach that thinks a player may be exhibiting signs and symptoms of a concussion must report it to the athletic trainer or school nurse. A concussed or potentially concussed student-athlete should not be left alone until evaluated by a medical professional.

B.Remove from activity

  • If a Coach suspects the athlete has sustained a concussion, the student-athlete should be removed from activity until evaluated by the ATC. If the injury occurs at an away game, the Lawrence Academy ATC shall be called by the coach and the student-athlete should be evaluated by the medical staff at the away school. At away events, when there is no qualified medical professional/licensed athletic trainer available, all coaching staff will abide by "When in doubt, sit them out" put forth by the Center for Disease Control.
  • If any danger signs are exhibited as described on the "Serious signs of concussion" page, EMS must be activated. The athletic training office should be notified as soon as possible so that parents can be contacted.
  • Any athlete who exhibits signs or symptoms of a concussion should be removed immediately, assessed, and should not be allowed to return to activity that day.

C. Refer the athlete for medical evaluation

  • Coaches should report all head injuries to the athletic trainer as soon as possible for medical assessment and management, and for coordination of home/dorm instructions and follow-up care.
  • The Lawrence Academy athletic trainer can be reached at: 978-448-1551 or by radio (on campus) during sport hours, or by cell phone at 978-987-1688.. The Athletic Department fax number is 978-448-1548.
  • The school nurse can be reached at 978-448-6670 Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-4pm. At all other times call the nurse at 978-302-4356. The Health Center fax is 978-448-8857.
  • The athletic trainer will be responsible for contacting the athlete’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and providing follow-up instructions.
  • Remind the student-athlete to report directly to the school nurse and/or athletic trainer before school starts, on the day he or she returns to school after the injury.
  • The LA Medical Staff should ensure that the student-athlete will be with a responsible individual, who is capable of monitoring the athlete and understanding the home care instructions, before allowing the athlete to go home.
  • Student-athletes with suspected head injuries should not be permitted to drive home.
  • If there is any question about the status of the student-athlete, or if the student-athlete is not able to be monitored appropriately, the student should be referred to the emergency department for evaluation. A coach or athletic trainer should accompany the athlete and remain with the athlete until the parent(s)/guardian(s) arrive or residential dorm plans are in place.
Yes, I have read and reviewed the "RECOGNIZE, REMOVE, REFER" materials provided by the LA Athletic Department and would like to move on to the second part of required exercises.​​

Please complete the on-line concussion awareness course. This course is available to you at no cost and includes information on signs and symptoms of concussion, how to respond to a suspected concussion and the steps to a safe return to academics and sports.

Instructions: You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief information form to register. At the end of the course, you will receive a completion certificate. Please take note of the COMPLETION CODE on the certificate, as you will need to provide it to me in order to be certified by LA. The entire course, including registration, can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

Problems with the course? Contact the NFHS HELP DESK
Open M-F 10a-12 midnight, Sat/Sun 12 noon-8p
help@nfhslearn.com or call 317-565-2023

In addition, this website provides general concussion information from the CDC. Also, in response to legislation on sports-related head injuries, the Mass Department of Public Health developed regulations that were posted on June 24, 2010.

I have completed the NFHS "Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know" course. ​Below, please find my "Completion code" as printed on my course completion certificate.​​​​​
Yes, I have reviewed both the CDC and Mass Department of Public Health resources relating to the concussion awareness.​​

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