1. pathology. injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like.
2. shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
3. the act of violently shaking or jarring.
Posted: 12/4/2012 3:30 pm EST
Updated: 12/17/2012 3:55 pm EST (see "We Found" - Parma)
If most concussions occur without loss of consciousness, how would a high school coach determine a student has received a potentially serious injury?
Student journalists in Kent State University’s computer-assisted reporting class checked with high schools around the state and found some educating their coaches and tracking all concussions and some that don’t, like the superintendent who said, “It’s not something we pay attention to.”
Read the stories, check the policies, see who tracks concussions and who doesn’t.
And in the comment section, please tell us what your school is doing.
Do Ohio high schools track all athletic concussions in games and practices? Kent State student journalists wanted to find out, but discovered that’s not an easy question to answer ..
In a survey of 26 Ohio high schools, seven high school superintendents said their schools do not have an athletic concussion policy. Two stated they did not know whether or not their schools had a policy ..
Kent State University students called 24 Ohio high schools to ask a simple question: Does your athletics program have a concussion policy?
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires the official of a high school sporting event to submit a report for any student athlete receiving a (suspected) concussion. But high school athletes spend far more time in practice than in actual games. We asked each high school if it tracks all concussions.
|school||legal advisory||policy||req. training||tracking|
|Chillicothe||48-page fact sheet & concussion report (pdf)|
|Gahanna||concussion protocol & preparticipation physical eval (pdf)|
|Napoleon||coach protocol & return to play protocol (pdf)|
|Parma||fact sheets (parents & athletes); guide for coaches (pdf)|
|South West||concussion protocols & procedures (pdf)|
|Strongsville||concussion protocols & procedures (pdf)|
|Warren||eligibility guide (pdf)|
|Zanesville||pre-season form & guidelines for coaches (pdf)|
Our athletic director reports that we have not had a concussion injury in nine years in this district. - Youngstown City School District
Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious. - The Centers for Disease Control
Attorney Joseph Cammarata is an expert on athletic concussion liability. He authored the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011 adopted by the District of Columbia.
Dwayne Bray, ESPN Sports News Editor/Enterprise Reporting Unit, discusses how concussions change ESPN coverage.