Acute Short Term Health Concerns
ConcussionA concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Concussions are a type of brain injury that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity and can result from a fall or from players colliding with each other, the ground, or with obstacles. Concussions occur with or without loss of consciousness, but the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
Concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.
Darien School District 61 is committed to the safety and health of all our students and abides by state and federal recommendations for students diagnosed with concussions. To that end, Darien School District 61 has convened a Concussion Oversight Team and devised Return To Learn and Return To Play protocols.
Links to Darien School District 61 Return To Learn and Return To Play forms can be found below.
For more information on The Illinois Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act/Illinois Public Act 99-0245 and its companion legislation, Illinois Public Act 99-0486 (click here).
If your child sustains an injury that will keep them from participating in physical education and/or recess, please have your child's medical provider write a note to explaining what physical limitations your student has and how long the limitations are expected to last. Please turn in this note to your school nurse or health aide.
When your child has been released to participate again in physical education and/or recess, the medical provider should provide a note stating that all restrictions and limitations are lifted.