Action Plan

What coaches should do when a concussion is suspected.

1. Remove the athlete from play.

2. Ensure the athlete is evaluated immediately by an appropriate health care professional.

3. Inform the athlete's parents or guardians of the possible concussion.

4. Only allow the athlete to return to participation after he or she is cleared by an appropriate health care professional and institute your league's return-to-play policy.

Symptoms of a Concussion

  • Headache or pressure in the head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Balance problems or dizziness

  • Double or blurry vision

  • Sensitivity to light or noise

  • Concentration or memory problems

  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

Concussion signs & symptoms

A player experiencing any signs or symptoms may have suffered a concussion.

Signs of a Concussion:

  • Dazed or stunned

  • Appears confused about assignment or position

  • Forgets plays

  • Unsure of game, score or opponent

  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)

  • Shows behavior or personality changes

  • Can't recall events prior to or after the hit or fall

Player Safety