Return To Play Policies

Current

Be Aware

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.

SAYHA

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.

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Concussions go undetected
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Reinjured after returning too soon
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Of Concussions occur during games

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

  • Moves clumsily

  • 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

  • Confusion

  • Does not "feel right"

Action Plan

If you suspect that a player has a concussion, you should take the following steps:

  1. Remove athlete from play
  2. Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
  3. Inform athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.
  4. Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional.

Injury Report Form