Make Sure The Player:

  • Sees a doctor within 24-48 hours. However, if they have any red flag symptoms, make sure the player gets urgent medical attention.
  • Is with someone responsible for 1-2 hours
  • Does not drink alcohol or go home by themselves.
  • Does not drive until being cleared by a doctor.

Red Flags

If a player presents with any of these Red Flag symptoms they must seek urgent medical attention:

  • Neck pain
  • Increasing confusion
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Double vision
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
  • Decreasing levels of consciousness
  • Bad or worsening headaches
  • Unusual behaviour changes

What You See

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lying on the ground not moving or slow to get up
  • Loss of balance/coordination
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Visible injury to face or head (especially in combination with any other physical signs)
  • Grabbing/clutching of head
  • Dazed, blank or vacant look

What They Say

Failure to answer any of these questions may suggest a concussion:

  • Where are we playing or training?
  • Which half/what is time is it now?
  • Who scored last in this game/practice?
  • What team did you play last week’s game?
  • Did your team win the last game?

What They Feel

  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with bright light and/or loud noises
  • Tiredness
  • Problems with memory
  • Find it hard to think or concentrate
  • More emotional
  • Irritability