Concussion FAQ Sheet

Concussion FAQ Sheet

Parents

A concussion is a brain injury that:

Is caused by a blow to the head or body from contact with another player, hitting a hard surface such as the ground, ice or floor or being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat, lacrosse stick, or field hockey ball
Can change the way your brain normally works
Can range from mild to severe Presents itself differently for each athlete
Can occur during practice or competition in ANY sport
Can happen even if you do not lose consciousness

Coaches

Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion must be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without written medical clearance. Return to play cannot be sooner than 7 days after evaluation by a physician who has made the diagnosis of concussion. The “CIF Bylaw 313” now requires the consistent and uniform implementation of long and well-established return to play concussion guidelines that help ensure and protect the health of student-athletes. A coach’s job is to ensure everyone follows these guidelines.

Student Athletes

Basic steps you can take to protect yourself from a concussion:
Do not initiate contact with your head or helmet. You can still get a concussion wearing a helmet.
Avoid striking an opponent in the head. Undercutting, flying elbows, stepping on a head, checking an unprotected opponent, and sticks to the head all cause concussions.
Follow your athletics department’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport. Practice good sportsmanship at all times. Practice and perfect the skills of the sport.

CIF Bylaw 313


A student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day.

The “CIF Bylaw 313” now requires the consistent and uniform implementation of long and well-established return to play concussion guidelines that help ensure and protect the health of student-athletes. A coach’s job is to ensure everyone follows these guidelines.

A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider. Return to play cannot be sooner than 7 days after evaluation by a physician who has made the diagnosis of concussion.