East Penn School District’s Protocol for Management of Traumatic Brain Injury
East Penn School District Department of Athletics has developed a protocol in the event of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a.k.a. concussion, sustained by a student-athlete whether in competition or otherwise. The purpose of this protocol is to educate and minimize the risk and potential injury that may be sustained during athletic activity. As stated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries may cause many health and mental problems throughout life, and possible risk of death. The protocol is in place so that we as an Athletic Department, student-athletes, and parents are aware of the severity and consequences that can develop from second-impact syndrome, which is caused by repeated trauma to the brain in a short period of time resulting in catastrophic injuries or are even fatal.