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About CDM's Defend The Crown Concussion Management Program

The
Defend The Crown concussion management plan and protocols were established in February of 2012 and are intended to serve as a standardized method of assessment to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate management for the injured student-athlete following a sports concussion.

Under the direction of Dr. David Kruse, M.D., this management plan seeks to provide an institutional approach to the care of a student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. Defend The Crown establishes critical paths of communication between physicians, sports medicine staff, coaches and athletic administration concerning the care of the student-athlete.

Through this plan, our medical staff will be able to
expedite initial care, follow-up treatment, appropriate referral of illnesses and injures to specialists, and coordinate insurance benefits, effectively establishing the appropriate medical treatment of student-athletes for an expedient and safe return to participation in lacrosse.

Ultimately, the team physician, or their designee, according to the Defend The Crown concussion management plan, shall determine medical clearance for return to full contact.


CDM Lacrosse Defend The Crown Medical Staff


Dr. David Kruse, M.D.
Orthopaedic Specialty Institute 

Patrick Everett, PT, DPT, ATCC, MSAT
Head Athletics Trainer, Boys Lacrosse

Jackie McKIndley, ATC
Part-Time Athletics Trainer, Boys Lacrosse

Michael McKindley, PT, DPT
Progressive Physical Therapy


If you have reason to believe your son may have suffered a concussive head injury, please see the post-concussion care information below.

Post-Concussion Care Information
 
Common head injuries often cause brief periods of being stunned or brief periods of unconsciousness. Be aware that signs and symptoms of a head injury may appear later, sometimes even several days after the initial injury occurred. Your attention to your child’s behavior over the next few days is of the utmost importance.
 
As a responsible adult, you should stay with your child for the first 24 hours. As you observe, look for signs of headache, mild visual disturbances, dizziness, unusual feelings, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, memory loss or change in behavior.

Awaken your child every few hours during the night or during periods of rest to be certain that normal communication is possible. Have your child make obvious identications e.g., “who are you?”, “who am I?”, “where are we?”, etc.
 
Call your doctor or take your child to an emergency medical facility immediately if his behavior appears to be abnormal or any of the following occurs:

•  Short term memory loss.
•  Cannot be awakened.
•  Has convulsions or seizures.
•  Vomits repeatedly.
•  Has a severe headache or neck ache.
•  Obvious personality changes.
•  Stumbling and lack or coordination.
•  Weakness in the arms or legs.
•  Ringing in the ears and intolerance of loud noises.
•  Blurred vision or diculty in focusing vision and intolerance of bright lights.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN OR NSAID (ANTI-INFLAMMATORY) CONTAINING PRODUCTS. IT MAY PROMOTE BLEEDING. MEDICATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE GIVEN AFTER CONSULTING A PHYSICIAN. NO TYLENOL UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER INJURY. MAKE SURE IT IS FOR HEADACHE ONLY. YOU DO NOT WANT IT MASKING THE SYMPTOMS.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Head Athletics Trainer Jackie McKindley on her cell phone at 714-878-8200.


Important Defend The Crown Information Available Now For Download

Post-Concussion Care Instructions

CDM's Defend The Crown Concussion Management Policy & Procedure Manual

NCAA Student-Athlete Concussion Education Handout

CDC Parent Concussion Education Handout

NCAA Coaches Concussion Education Handout