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Concussion Treatment and Second-Impact Syndrome

Many parents wonder if it is safe for their child to continue playing football, soccer or other sports after suffering a head injury/concussion. A common question we get in the Concussion Program clinic is, “How many concussions are too many before we decide that this may not be the best sport for my child?”

Parents should be aware of the potential for second impact syndrome, which is a rare catastrophic event that can occur in young athletes. Second impact syndrome occurs after one has suffered a concussion and while still symptomatic from that injury suffers a second blow to the head, neck, or body. This second injury can potentially cause significant swelling around the brain and lead to severe neurological deficits or even death.

Read more about concussions and what families should do in the full article by Dr. Aaron J. Provance from Children’s Hospital Colorado.

November 18, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.