What do I do if I think a player has a concussion?

If the player shows any of the Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

If you suspect the player has sustained a concussion, ensure the player is monitored until a parent or responsible adult is available to take them to a doctor. Do not leave the player alone. Do not let the player drive or return to activities. Watch for red flags and signs and symptoms of a concussion.

DO NOT give the player any medications. There is evidence that some medications can worsen concussion symptoms and could increase potential risks associated with brain injuries. Do not give the player any medication unless directed by a doctor.

Concussion Response Tool

The Concussion Response Tool was developed to assist coaches and parents to recognize and respond to concussions. The first two pages outline how to respond to a concussion at the time of the incident. The third page provides important information for parents who are caring for the player at home after the incident.

The Concussion Response Tool can serve as an important communication tool for sharing information with both the parent and doctor.

Download the Concussion Response Tool

Red Flag Symptoms

If your player shows any of the following Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

  • Neck pain
  • Increased confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Weakness in arms/legs
  • Tingling or burning in arms/legs
  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Unusual behaviour change
  • Double vision