Initial response for a suspected concussion
Loss of consciousness
- Suspect a possible neck injury
- Initiate Emergency Action Plan and call 911
- Do NOT move the player or remove athletic equipment (i.e. helmet)
- Wait for paramedics (EMS) to arrive
No loss of consciousness
- Remove the student from activity/practice/game
- Player must not return to activity/practice/game that day
- Do not leave the player alone
- Monitor for signs and symptoms of a concussion
- Do not administer medication
- The player needs to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible
Inform the parent/guardian of the suspected concussion and that the player should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion often last for 7 to 10 days or may last longer, even weeks or
months. The most important initial treatment for a concussion is both physical and mental rest. That means no
exercising, bike riding, playing video games, reading or working on the computer.
For more information and for the Return to Play Guidelines for parents and coaches, visit the Parachute.org website.
Content adapted with permission of the Community and Health Services Department of The Regional Municipality of York.