Concussion Policy – Ottawa Women's Football

Concussion Policy

The safety of our players is of the utmost importance when it comes to head injuries/ concussions.

Cause:

The cause of a Concussion is: any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (ex. being knocked to the ground). 

Signs & Symptoms (Concussion Recognition):  

A person does not need to be knocked out to have a concussion.

Thinking Problems

  • Does not know time, date, place, period of game, score of opposing team, score of game
  • General confusion
  • Cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
  • Knocked out

Athlete's Complaints

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Feels dazed
  • Feels “dinged” or stunned; “having my bell rung”
  • Sees stars, flashing lights
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleepiness
  • Loss of vision
  • Sees double or blurry
  • Stomach-ache/stomach pain, nausea

Other Problems

  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Blank stare/glassy eyed
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow to answer questions or follow directions
  • Easily distracted
  • Poor concentration
  • Strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying, getting mad easily)
  • Not playing as well

Return to play guidelines

http://ontariofootball.ca/files/tf_concussion_rtp_e_2012-11.pdf

Athlete guidelines

http://safecontact.footballcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/10/Athletenew.pdf

Parent guidelines

http://safecontact.footballcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/10/Parents-new.pdf

Coaches guidelines

http://safecontact.footballcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/10/Coachesnew.pdf