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Health & Safety

Physical Form

Before participation in any sport, St. Joseph School must have a copy of your child's current physical form. In any year that a student engages in interscholastic competition, the student shall be required to present to the coach verification of a physical examination prior to the beginning of practice which shall be valid for one calendar year.

You may download the St. Joseph School Athletic Physical Form and take to your own physician.

St. Joseph School Athletic Physical & Concussion Forms

Concussion Information

Arkansas Activities Association 

Concussion Fact Sheet for Athletes and Parents

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION

A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Even a “ding”, “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION

Observed by the Athlete

• Headache or “pressure” in head 

• Nausea or vomiting 

• Balance problems or dizziness

• Double or blurry vision

• Bothered by light 

• Bothered by noise 

• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

• Difficulty paying attention 

• Memory Problems 

• Confusion 

• Does not “feel right” 

Observed by the Parent / Guardian, Coach, or Teammate 

• Is confused about assignment or position 

• Forgets an instruction

• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent

• Moves clumsily

• Answers questions slowly 

• Loses consciousness (even briefly) 

• Shows behavior or personality changes 

• Can’t recall events after hit or fall 

• Appears dazed or stunned 

WHAT TO DO IF SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION ARE PRESENT

Athlete

• TELL YOUR COACH IMMEDIATELY

• Inform parents 

• Seek medical attention

• Give your self time to recover

Parent / Guardian 

• Seek medical attention

• Keep your child out of play

• Discuss play to return to play with coach

• Address academic needs

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

• Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadUp/youth.html

NFHS Free Concussion Course http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000 

RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES 

1. Remove immediately from activity when signs/symptoms are present. 

2. Release from medical professional required for return (Neuropsychologist, MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Athletic Trainer, or Physician Assistant) 

3. Follow school district’s return to play guidelines and protocol