Once the coaches and players are trained and the parents know what to expect, then A Plan for Athlete’s Removal from Play for a “suspected” concussion can be created. Rules vary but at a minimum that no child is returned to play or practice for 24 hours and in the best case, not without approval from a MD.
All staff should sign off on these guidelines in order to be able to coach a team and parents should now be aware of when a player will be pulled from play.
Anticipate that some parents, especially those who don’t understand concussions, may want a coach to return their child to play even if the coach wants the child out after a possible hit to the head. Hold your ground as concussion symptoms can take 24-48 hours to appear in an injured player.