The Town of Tonawanda Football Association is focused on teaching our boys and girls the excitement of America's favorite past time. However, we are aware that while the players are "shooting for the stars", they may sidetrack their own health. Safety is our number one concern.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that causes the cells not to work as they normally do. The force of impact to the head causes the brain to move rapidly in the skull. All concussions are are an area of concern and should be treated as such. Because of this, we take any head injury seriously. Brain injuries can occur in many aspects of life, not just sports. The following pages are provided to you to gain more information on the subject.
Town of Tonawanda Football Association Concussion Protocol
The Town of Tonawanda Football association’s concussion protocol is a five step process for a player to return to play after bing diagnosed with a concussion.
- A player is removed for practice or the game as soon as the player show signs of a concussion.
- The trainers or coach will evaluate the player
- Loss of conscienceless
- Blank look
- Slow to get up after a hit to the head
- Clutching head after contact
- Motor coordination or balance issues
- Signs of displacement, like unawareness of surroundings
- Visible facial injury as a result of one of the above
- If the trainer or coach feel there could be a possible concussion, the player will not return to practice or the game. The parent or guardian of the player will be informed of concussion concerns and asked to take the player to see their physician for an evaluation. (Family members and friends of the family who are medical providers may not serve as appropriate physician.)
- Following a diagnoses of a concussion from a physician, the player will rest and recover. The player will be out of play at least 24 hour after they are free from symptoms, as per New York State Education law.
- The player can return to play after being cleared by their physician and a letter of clearance has been provided to the Town of Tonawanda football Association.
The New York State law - section 305 of the education law, subsection 42.a. (N>Y> Educ. Law. 305).