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IAABO Nassau County Board 41

Notes from the Interpreter

Concussion Rule

The concussion rule and the official’s requirements have not changed. By rule, officials shall immediately remove from the game a player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion.(Rule 2-8-2) In addition any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional. (Rule 3-3-8) Once a player is removed from a game under this rule he/she may not return to the game.

Further according to a NYSPHSAA memo under "Removal from athletics" no pupils will be allowed to resume athletic activity until they have been symptom free for 24 hours and have been evaluated by and received written and signed authorization from a licensed physician. For interscholastic athletics, clearance must come from the school medical director. This is the school’s responsibility. It is the official’s duty to remove the player under the rule.

The procedure that should be followed is: when a player strikes his head, either on the floor, a wall, or another player and goes down, the game should be stopped and the player checked. The coach should be beckoned out to check the player. If the coach indicates that the player is OK and can resume play, the official should also check the player. The official should check the player for symptoms such as: is he/she dizzy, does he/she act light headed, can he/she answer questions such as what day is it, where is he/she, who is playing, etc. These questions might help the official make a decision on whether the player should be removed from the game. The official can then make his/her decision.

We all know that the concussions are a hot issue in all sports at all levels. Everyone knows the danger of a possible concussion and, therefore, must act accordingly.
Questions contact Don or wait till the Dec 18 meeting.