Approximately 17 percent of all non-property claims reported by Markel Dance Program clients involve a fall. Of those claims, about 8 percent are reported as falls from elevations. When a person falls from an elevation, there is a distinct possibility that he/she can experience an impact to the head. Impacts to the head are the leading cause of concussions, which can range in levels of severity depending on the degree of impact. Understanding how to manage a potential concussion should be a part of your emergency action plan, particularly if your program involves children. The following information will help educate you and your instructors/teachers on concussion exposures.What are concussions?
To learn about concussion injuries and concussion management, visit the CDC - Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury at www.cdc.gov. While this material may reference coaches, athletes, and parents, it is easily transferable to dance students.
To help create awareness among your students’ parents, share this material with them also. “Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports” also provides excellent resource material for parents of young dance students. You can access the Heads Up program at http://www.cdc.gov.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.