Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan

The following process applies to students who suffer an head injury related or unrelated to Hood College athletics (i.e. in practice or competition).  

Please send all questions to the Hood College's Director of Wellness (wellness@hood.edu, T: 301-696-3439).

 

DIAGNOSIS  

Diagnosis of a concussion, otherwise known as a mild traumatic brain injury, must be made by a medical provider (M.D., P.A., N.P., D.O.) at the Hood College Health Center or at an outside medical office. The medical provider should complete page 1 of Hood College's Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan (available electronically here). This form outlines and directs care as prescribed by the treating medical provider during the student’s recovery. The treating medical provider should complete page 1 of the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan. 

Review the web pages below to understand all the steps in Hood College's return to learn and return to play procedures. Please send all questions to the Director of Wellness (wellness@hood.edu, T: 301-696-3439). 

While recovering from a head injury, students should follow the steps below if their medical provider recommends, and the student wishes, academic accommodations through Hood College’s Office of Accessibility Services. A student cannot be forced to receive accommodations. Students must consent to release medical information which will be shared with Hood College’s Director of Wellness and Office of Accessibility Services. 

  • Students/families should access the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan form (linked above) to share with their medical provider or with the Hood College Health Center.

 

  • Treating medical providers should complete page 1 of the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan. Providers should list presenting symptoms and recommendations for recovery. Treating medical providers should indicate on the form if students will require academic accommodations and for how long the accommodations will be needed. If it is later advised that recovery be extended, the accommodation plan can be amended based on a treating medical providers advice.

 

  • Students seeking to receive accommodations need to consent to share medical information with Hood College’s Director of Wellness by signing page 2 of the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan form.  
    1. A student cannot be forced to receive accommodations. If a student does not wish to notify the College of their injury and recovery needs by signing page 2, an accommodation plan will not be provided by the Office of Accessibility services.

 

  • Once page1 is completed by a medical provider and page 2 is completed by the student, the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan should be faxed to the Director of Wellness at 301-696-3442. 

 

  • Once the Care Plan is received, the Director of Wellness will review and notify Hood's Office of Accessibility Services. The Office of Accessibility Services will develop an accommodation plan in accordance with recommendations listed on the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan by the medical provider. Please note: accommodation plans for concussion injuries may take up to a week to be developed. 

 

  • Once an accommodation plan is developed and shared with the student, it is the student’s responsibility to present the plan to all faculty. Accommodation plans can be amended or extended based on a student's recovery and the advice of their medical provider. 

If a student does not wish to notify the College of their injury and recovery needs, an accommodation plan will not be provided by the Office of Accessibility services. If a faculty member decides to accommodate the student without this plan, the accommodation must be extended to any other student in the class, if applicable.   

Any questions on this process should be forwarded to the Director of Wellness at wellness@hood.edu, or ph: 301-696-3439. 

An athlete’s return to practice and competition will be dependent on medical advice given by outside medical provider or those at the Hood College Health Center. The student-athlete must have written documentation from the Provider, as outlined on the Acute Concussion Evaluation Care Plan (linked above), before they may start the return to play protocol for athletics. Completed forms should be faxed to Hood College's Director of Wellness at 301-696-3442.

Premature physical and/or mental exertion, before the brain has fully recovered, can both prolong recovery and worsen outcome of a concussion. Athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other Hood athletic staff should monitor the athlete’s progress and recovery. If symptoms return or worsen, the athlete should reduce and/or cease physical exertion and activities until recovered more fully.