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Concussion Protocols

Revised Thursday, May 18, 2017

A player showing any signs/symptoms of a concussion must be removed from play immediately. All TMSC Coaches / Trainers are required to be familiar with the use of this tool and follow the Club’s protocol without question. The player is not to re-enter the game or practice. A Match official may communicate their concerns with other team players, or technical staff.

  • In the event of a loss of consciousness call 911 for assistance immediately.
    Do not move the player unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons.
  • Ensure that a member of the team staff stays with the player.
  • Notify any family members immediately if they are present.
  • The player must be evaluated by a physician prior to returning to play. Documentation from the physician is required. Average recovery period is 10 -14 days, but can sometimes longer.

Return to Play Stages Protocol

This is a multi-part process that requires supervision from the player’s health care provider at each stage.

  1. Limited activity > Physical and cognitive rest
  2. Light aerobic exercise > Walking, swimming, cycling
  3. Sport specific exercise > Light running skills, no heading
  4. Non contact training drills > Passing / movement
  5. Full contact practice > Normal training cycle
  6. Return to play > Normal game play

* A minimum of 24 hrs is required between each stage. Any recurrence of symptoms requires the player to return to the previous level. Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers and Trainers are not authorized to oversee Return to Play processes.

Caution

TMSC is committed to providing a safe environment for all players regardless of age and gender. It is, however, ultimately the responsibility of the teammates, technical staff or parent to ensure that appropriate professional care is provided to players in the event of injury. In the event of a concussion diagnosis, premature return to play can result in serious and sometimes permanent injury, particularly in the event of a second impact. Parents should seek ongoing medical evaluation for the benefit of the player’s long term health and safety.

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