Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
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Sports and physical activity are wonderful ways to stay healthy and feel good any time of year. To avoid injuries, make sure you know the safety rules of each sport you participate in and follow those rules.
Concussion Task Force
The task force is an interdisciplinary group of Fletcher Allen and University of Vermont physicians and providers that focus on sports injury prevention and treatment, with a particular emphasis on concussions.
This group developed common discharge instructions and return to play guidelines that are used throughout the institution and clinics. These materials have been distributed to all family and pediatric practices, school nurses, athletic directors and athletic trainers throughout the state. "Return to Play" guidelines and a concussion wallet card were also developed by the task force. These materials are distributed to community providers and organizations, used within our institution and clinics, as well as available at community events that our Injury Prevention program participates in.
The Task Force recommended wording changes to a bill, requiring professional intervention in suspected head injury in school sports. The bill, Act 68, took effect July 1, 2013 and will be fully implemented by July 1, 2015. Task force members continue to provide presentations, interviews, and input into our outreach efforts around Sport Injury Prevention.
Safe Kids Vermont
Safe Kids Vermont is a coalition of individuals and groups with a common interest in reducing unintentional injuries in children. SKV was founded in 1990 with Vermont Children’s Hospital as its lead organization and is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Youth Sports Safety Program
Safe Kids Worldwide has created a national Youth Sports Safety program to provide parents, coaches, athletes and primary care providers with information and tools that are essential to keeping youth active, healthy and injury free, while playing the sports they love. Contact Safe Kids Vermont to learn more.
Additional resources on Vermont law, Return to Play and Return to Learn School Guidelines can be found here.
|Guide to Returning to Play After a Concussion||Download PDF|
|Concussion Wallet Card||Download PDF|
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