In following up to a post I did before about Glen Rose ISD concussions, I wanted to see if they did anything to help reduce this number so I sent in this Open Records Request on July 23rd
To: Glen Rose ISD Open Records Administrator
I want to know what processes and tools, if any, that Glen Rose ISD has implemented in 2012 to help curb concussions.
In response on August 1st, I received the following undated documents (the metadata of the pdf's shows they were both created that day with Charla as the author for the Concussion Protocol and Glen Rose ISD as the author for the Concussion Management Protocol).
Glen Rose ISD Concussion Protocol
1. All athletes will take the ImPACT Test. This is a concussion test used to test an athlete before contact or sport participation and after an athlete sustains a concussion to test multiple brain functions.
2. Any athlete suspected to have a concussion will be evaluated by athletic trainer or a physician. Documentation and recommendations must be provided for the athletic trainer.
3. The athlete will be monitored daily and an email will be sent to the coaches, principals, nurses and teachers about the athlete’s condition and recommendations for workout and classroom status or modifications.
4. To start Return-to-Play (RTP) protocol, the athlete must be asymptomatic at rest
5. To continue RTP protocol, the athlete must remain asymptomatic during and after exertion.
6. Once released to begin activity, the athlete will progress with exertion activities as follows:
• ***An athlete’s progression continues as long as the athlete is asymptomatic. If the athlete experiences any post-concussion symptoms, he or she will wait 24 hours and start RTP progression again from the beginning.
• a. Light aerobic exercise
• b. Moderate aerobic exercise
• c. Moderate aerobic exercise, light resistance training
• d. Sport specific activity
• e. Non-contact training drills with resistance training
• f. Full contact training drills
7. Once the athlete has completed steps a-f, he or she will be released to sport activity with no restrictions.
8. The athlete and parent or guardian will be asked to sign the UIL Return to Play Acknowledgment form allowing the athlete to return to practice and competition and that all risks are understood.
**All coaches, principals, nurses and teachers will be notified daily of the athlete’s progress and recommendations.
Glen Rose ISD concussion management protocol includes:
1. All coaches and nurses are trained through TEA recognized provider on concussion management to help understand HB 2038 and to educate about concussions.
2. All athletes and parents or guardians will read and sign the UIL Concussion Acknowledgement form included in the Pre-Participation packet.
3. All high school athletes are given a baseline concussion test using the ImPACT Testing Program before their sport begins. The athletes will also receive education about concussions at this time.
4. If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, the athlete is removed from the game/practice until evaluated by GR I.S.D. Athletic Trainer or a doctor.
This includes testing balance, vision, memory, speech, and strength through a series of questions and observations
The parent or guardian will be notified and proper care instructions will be provided
5. If it is confirmed the athlete has sustained a concussion, the athlete will not be allowed to participate in any physical activities. The athlete will see a doctor to confirm a concussion (if not already done) and will take the ImPACT test again to compare scores before and after concussion.
6. Coaches, nurses, principals and teachers will be emailed daily about the athlete’s condition as well as guidelines for the athlete in the classroom.
7. Parents and guardians will also be notified daily about the athletes condition and recommendations.
8. Once the athlete has no further symptoms, he or she must return to the doctor for written clearance to begin Return to Play (RTP) protocol with the GR I.S.D. Athletic Trainer (This document is provided as an attachment)
9. The Athlete will receive a new helmet and be reeducated about proper helmet maintenance.
10. When the RTP protocol is complete, the athlete and parent or guardian will be asked to sign the UIL acknowledgement form to allow the athlete to return to practice and competition and that all risks are understood.
Since I asked for what was implemented in 2012 I have to guess that these were created this year probably in response to this Open Records Request. Because if they had it already on file they would have had to send it reasonably quick per Open Government Laws in Texas and not wait the long period that they did to respond to the request. Secondarily I asked for changes this year...so if these were from previous years they would not have had to provide it.