Risk Management Policies

Concussion Prevention and Management

DESCRIPTION:   Concussion can be defined as injury-induced brain dysfunction without demonstrable structural injury.

Concussion may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or to elsewhere on the body with an ‘impulsive’ force transmitted to the head

Concussion typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously.  Some or all of the following symptoms will be present: unconsciousness (seconds to a minute or more), headache, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, emotional lability. However, there may be long term neurological impairment. Unconsciousness does not always occur.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

No return to the play

Immediate and supervised cognitive and physical rest.

If symptoms are moderate or severe or possibly associated with a neck or skull injury – immediate referral to hospital emergency department.

LONG TERM MANAGEMENT

Too early return to activity and subsequent concussions are thought to increase the risk of permanent neurological loss.  Return to activity must be gradual and must be monitored by a physician.

ROWING AND CONCUSSION

As rowing is a non contact sport, concussion is not normally a risk of the sporting activity.  However it is possible that through an accident or a fall a head injury may occur.

PREVENTION

The chance of a fall on the dock or the slanted ramp has been minimized by the use of treads on the ramp and the maintenance of a dock surface with acceptable level of friction.