Accidents and injuries can occur in the course of playing any youth sport. If you suspect that your player has suffered an injury or concussion, your athlete should be removed from the game or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an injury and/or apparent head injury or concussion without medical clearance.
Spokane Youth Hockey requires that an Accident/Injury Report Form be filled out if your player is injured and/or has suffered an apparent head injury or concussion. This should be filled out promptly after the incident with the assistance of your Team Manager and/or Coach.
In order to return to play, your athlete must submit to the Spokane Youth Hockey Office a Concussion/Injury Release signed by a medical professional. Your athlete may not return to any team activity until this document is received by the SAYHA Business Office.
It can be difficult to know where to turn when your player has been injured. Spokane Youth Hockey is pleased to partner with Integrated Sports Medicine Rockwood - a sports medicine group that is committed to seeing your athlete promptly. For next day consultation, please call 509.724.4320. Please note that our referral to Integrated Sports Medicine Rockwood is intended to be a community resource for our Spokane Youth Hockey families - you are welcome and encouraged to see your own medical professional for your athlete's needs if you so desire.
Concussion Signs & Symptoms
It's better to miss one game than a season.
What The Coaches Can See
Appears dazed or stunned
Is confused about assignment or position
Forgets sports plays
Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes
Can't recall events prior to hit or fall
Can't recall events after hit or fall
What the Player May Feel
Headache or "pressure" in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Does not "feel right"
If you suspect that a player has a concussion, you should take the following steps:
- Remove athlete from play
- Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
- Inform athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.
- Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional.