What do you do when you suspect a concussion?
Emergency treatment is needed if any of the following have happened:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Spine or neck injury.
- Change in behavior.
If emergency treatment is not needed but a possible concussion is suspected:
- Remove the player from the game or practice.
- Evaluate the player for any of the following symptoms:
- Dazed look or confusion about what happened.
- Difficulty with memory.
- Neck pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, double vision, blurriness, ringing noise or sensitivity to sounds.
- Short attention span. Can’t keep focused.
- Slow reaction time, slurred speech, bodily movements are lagging, fatigue, and slowly answering questions or has difficulty answering questions.
- Abnormal physical and/or mental behavior.
- Coordination skills are behind, ex: balancing, dizziness, clumsiness, reaction time.
If a player has some or of the above symptoms:
- The player needs to be immediately assessed by an on-site athletic trainer or physician (if available).
- The player’s parents or guardians should be notified in person or with a phone call about the possible concussion and they should be given the approved fact sheet on concussions.
- The player should be monitored by parents/guardian or coach every 5-10 minutes for the next 1-2 hours for changes in balance, speech, or memory. If any changes occur, seek emergency treatment.
- The player is required to be seen by a health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions as defined by Idaho’s Concussion Law, Section 33-1625 Paragraph 5.
Players removed from a game or practice due to a possible concussion will not be allowed to return to play until the athlete is evaluated and cleared to return, in writing, by a health care professional trained in evaluating/managing concussions as defined by Idaho’s Concussion Law, Section 33-1625 Paragraph 5.
Developed from CDC concussion guidelines and US Youth Soccer concussion protocol.