Relaying key information to the athlete’s parent and healthcare provider post-injury will assist in proper identification of an injury and aid in the evaluation and management process. This process can take place using pen/paper form, phone apps or emails. Make sure there is proof in the form of paper work or email that notice to parents was made.
Questions to ask your league:
- How will parent notification be handled?
- What are the coaches’ responsibilities?
As soon as a child is injured, there should be a plan in place on how injures are handled by your coaches.
Notify parents or guardians as soon as possible regarding a possible concussion.
- Will your coach have the parents’ cell phones numbers on the field or at an away game?
- Expect parents to coordinate care with a doctor. But what if they cannot be reached?
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.