We wanted to take a moment and put information out there about concussions. Concussions are serious and cumulative and a risk in hockey. Each season we have a few and we take them very seriously. Things to watch out for in your teammates after any impact particularly involving the head:
- 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
(from USA Hockey https://www.usahockey.com/safety-concussions)
Captains/HOps can and will bench folks after a concerning impact out of an abundance of caution and we encourage teammates to speak up on behalf of each other. WE LOVE YOUR BRAIN and we want it to be as healthy as possible. The person who was involved is not a reliable witness in this case. Concussions alter a person’s perception temporarily and can compromise their judgment of the situation. We will not require a doctor’s note to return, but we encourage you to get evaluated by a medical professional if possible and take all the time you need to return. If you lose consciousness as a result of an impact, we will call your emergency contact and/or the ambulance.
If you have questions or concerns, please ask Amanda Thornton or k8 Walton. K8 knows what they’re talking about, Amanda knows people who know what they’re talking about and is willing to connect you.
For more info, see the above USA Hockey link and the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
Board and Captains and brain-lovers everywhere