Westview Player SafetyUpdated Friday November 14, 2014 by Jay Coalson.
Concussions are a risk of all contact sports including Lacrosse. Tualatin Valley Youth Lacrosse League (TVYLL) takes the risks of concussions very seriously. All coaches are trained in recognizing concussions and taking the appropriate steps should a concussion occur.
Below, please find information on TVYLL's & member Clubs Concussion policy as well as more general information regarding concussions.
TVYLL: Concussion Policy
TVYLL: Additional Information Regarding Concussions
ImPACT Testing: Important Information
TVYLL encourages all parents to have their children tested using the ImPACT screen. From ImPACT's website:
"ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. Developed in the early 1990's by Drs. Mark Lovell and Joseph Maroon, ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of concussions for athletes of all ages. ImPACT Applications, Inc. was co-founded by Mark Lovell, PhD, Joseph Maroon, MD, and Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD.
Given the inherent difficulties in concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing. This type of concussion assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.
ImPACT can be administered by an athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team doctor or psychologist, provided that they have completed training in the administration of the test. Post-concussion care and the management of concussion should only be administered by a trained medical professional. ImPACT assists doctors in making return-to-play decisions and should never be used as a stand-alone tool.
ImPACT is the most widely used computer-based testing program in the world and is implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional levels of sport participation."
A local ImPACT Doctor can be found here.