Dear Parent or Guardian,

Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association recognizes that concussions and head injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activity.  Therefore, we are implementing Concussion Management Guidelines to assist in the proper evaluation and management of head injuries.

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussion occurs when normal brain functioning is disrupted by a blow or jolt to the head. Recovery from concussion will vary. Avoiding re-injury and over-exertion until fully recovered are the cornerstones of proper concussion management.

Any athlete demonstrating signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion while participating in a Thunderbird activity, shall be removed from the game or activity and be evaluated as soon as possible by an appropriate health care professional. The athlete should not return to practice or game until medically released by an appropriate health care professional.  After the student is medically released, the Organization’s Concussion Management Team committee will make the final decision on an athlete’s return to activity.  The guidelines and management of concussion follow a stepwise approach with a gradual return to play. Once an athlete is asymptomatic for 24 hours and has been released by a health care provider, the following gradual return to play protocol will be followed:

Light aerobic exercise – i.e.…walking (< 70% max HR)

Sport specific exercise – i.e.…..running drills - no head impact activities

Non-contact training drills - progress to more complex training drills

Full contact clearance - participate in normal training activities

Return to play – normal game play

 This progression should be over 7-10 days with a minimum of 7 days.  The athlete must remain asymptomatic to progress to the next level.  In the event that symptoms return the athlete must stop activity and return to previous level 24 hrs. later if asymptomatic.  An additional consideration in return to play is that concussed athletes should not only be symptom free but also should not be taking any pharmacological agents/medications that may effect or modify the symptoms of concussion.

The Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association's Concussion Management Team consists of Joe D’Amaro, Michele Tatko, Team Head Coach and the team mom.

The health and safety of your child are of the utmost importance. If you have any questions regarding the Concussion Management, please feel free to talk to us.

Thank you,

Informational Links:

​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Child Health Plus

NYS Department of Health -"When in Doubt Take Them Out"

Concussion Awareness

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