There are 5 Components of a Sports CAPP Program

There are five components that should be included in every concussion program. They are:

1)  Pre-Season Education and Training for coaches, parents and players to be able to recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion.

Best Case: All parents and coaches take FREE CDC HeadUps 20 minute course and download FREE Concussion Recognition & Response APP on their smart phones

Minimum: Supply FREE CDC printed material to coaches/parents and supply paper check off sheets of signs and symptoms of possible concussion (This is for school nurses but works perfectly for coaches/parents)

2) Plan for Athlete’s Removal from Play for a suspected concussion by coach or AT or parent

Best Case: AT on field for practices and games with SCAT3, Cost: ATs average $20-40/hr per region

2nd best: Trained coaches remove players for trained assistant coach/parent to check for any signs/symptoms of brain injury using FREE Concussion Recognition & Response APP on their smart phones

Minimum: Trained coaches with FREE paper check off sheets of signs and symptoms of possible concussion (This is for school nurses but works for coaches, too)

 3) Communicating with Parents and Healthcare Providers after an injury

Best case: Parents are notified by phone and by email by coach with FREE Concussion Recognition & Response APP

Minimum: Trained coaches with FREE paper check off sheets of signs and symptoms of possible concussion (This is for school nurses but works perfectly for coaches) fill out form and give to parent and copy to team manager

4) Plan for Return-to-Play for the player who is 100% symptom free, has been cleared in writing by an MD, and has returned to a full academic schedule at school – see Return to Learn Plan

Best Case: AT on field to guide player through the RTP five step plan

2nd best: Trained coaches use RTP five step plan and stop athlete at any sign of returning symptoms

5) Injury Reporting and Data Collection for all occurrences of concussions at the end of each sport season, or such other date as may be mandated by the principal, sports team president or other leader.

What about Baseline Neuro-cognitive Testing for all players?

In my experience, this is the least important element and the last one a team/school should implement. Cost: varies per test


2 Responses to Concussion Aware and Prepared Program

  1. Tatielly says:

    Good luck to you Zach. You had a great career and shulod be very proud. Though my career was nothing like yours, I too had no regrets till I hit about 50 (last year). Due to my 8 football related brain surgeries, my life is a constant battle to just stay on top of things. My head injuries and brain surgeries were not a big deal while I was single, but since I married and started a family in 1997 (at age 37), I have been fighting more and more demons each year. In an attempt to try to improve my ever worsening memory, they started me on TWO dementia medicines within the last few months. Arricept (which didn’t produce the results they wanted), so they stacked Naminda on top of it. I am a wildlife biologist, environmental consultant and run my own business, and shulodn’t have to be battling dementia at age 51 on top of it all. George VisgerSF 49ers 80 & 81

  2. CAPP says:

    Thanks for sharing so honestly, George. I am single now and wonder with my multiple concussions, how long ADHD meds will be enough? My kids are almost into college… Do I want to start a new life with a new partner with the risks that lie ahead?

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