Concussion Protocol

Concussion Protocol 12.11.15 Updated 1/24/18

1/24/18: The Board recommends that any suspected injury that involves the head, neck or back requires that a manager ensure that 911 is called, regardless of the injured player’s wishes.

Head Injury Treatment Guidelines

  1. Stop Playing The first treatment step for anyone with a head injury is to stop playing the sport and rest. Get off the field and take some time to assess the situation and get appropriate care. 
  2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention If the person who suffered the head injury loses consciousness, shows signs of confusion, has nausea, bleeding, drowsiness or other unusual behavior or head injury symptoms, call 911 immediately. 
  3. Perform Necessary First Aid If the person shows any of the above signs of a serious head injury, get immediate assistance and perform any necessary first aid while awaiting emergency help. 
  4. If Unsure, Go to the ER If you aren't sure how serious the head injury is, get it checked out at a trauma center or emergency room; a head CT scan may be used to diagnose bleeding in the brain. 
  5. Watch For a Sudden or Dramatic Change in Symptoms, Behavior or Comprehension Any sudden change in level of symptoms -- such as a mild headache that suddenly becomes intense, sudden dizziness, sudden increase in drowsiness, etc. -- requires immediate medical attention. 
  6. Watch For Delayed Head Injury Symptoms Even if you don't have obvious signs of a head injury, you should be alert to any symptoms that appear within hours or even a few days of a head trauma. If you notice any delayed symptoms such as a headache, dizziness, vomiting, confusion or loss of coordination, seek medical attention immediately. 
  7. Pay Close Attention to Head Injuries in Children, the Elderly, or Anyone on Blood Thinners Because blood thinners (such as warfarin) can increase bleeding during injuries, what might otherwise be a mild head injury can develop a major bleed if a person is taking blood thinners.

1/24/18: The Board recommends that any suspected injury that involves the head, neck or back requires that a manager ensure that 911 is called, regardless of the injured player’s wishes.