Concussion Reporting

Hockey WA and JLHC are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all participants of our sport. This is why we ask all of our members, both playing and non-playing, to understand what to do when a player has a suspected concussion.

Hockey WA has recently adopted Hockey Australia’s Concussion Policy. Clubs and members need to be aware of the policy and understand the requirements regarding game-day concussion management, reporting, and timelines for return to play. This is essential to ensure our players' well-being and safeguard our sport. Further Information can be found on Hockey WA's website and please let a member of the committee know if you have any questions. 

The guidelines below outline what you, your team, and your club must do when a player has a suspected concussion from playing our sport.

Game Day Concussion Management

The most important steps in the early management of concussion include:

  1. Recognising the injury may be a concussion or suspected concussion;
  2. Removing the player from play or training; and
  3. Referring the player to a medical professional.

Recognise & Remove

Any player(s) must be removed from play or training immediately if safe to do so and not return to play or training if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dazed, blank or vacant stare
  • No protective action in falling to the ground
  • Behaviour change atypical of player
  • Seizure/convulsion or lying rigid/motionless due to muscle spasm
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Motor incoordination
  • Memory impairment

Any player(s) must be removed from play or training immediately if safe to do so for further assessment if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Possible occurrence of any of the clinical features listed above
  • Facial or head injury
  • Lying motionless for over two seconds
  • Balance problems/dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Any other features that the player is ‘not quite right’

Stop

Umpires should stop the game immediately if they observe any of the above signs or symptoms or if a team official or spectator brings it to their attention. The player must be removed from the field of play.

The umpires are responsible for stopping the match if a player has an injury or a suspected concussion. However, they are not responsible for assessing players for injuries or concussions.

Under no circumstances should the removed player be allowed to return to play, training or activity on the same day unless a medical professional clears them of concussion.

Please refer to Hockey WA's Concussion Management Workflow in all instances.

Reporting

All suspected concussion incidents must be reported to Hockey Australia and Hockey WA. The player or the relevant official handling the situation must fill in a Concussion Report Form. This form can be emailed to administration@hockeywa.org.au 

Ensure that a member of the club committee has been informed of the situation. 

Hockey Australia Concussion Toolkit can be downloaded here.

Return To Play Timeline

The return-to-play guidelines for players with suspected concussions were updated in the new policy. Clubs and players must follow the timelines below if a player has a suspected concussion.

Players who are removed from training or playing due to a suspected concussion must not:

  1. Resume training before 14 days from the date of suspected concussion (if free of symptoms at rest); and
  2. Return to playing before 21 days from the date of the suspected concussion.

No one other than a medical practitioner can decide that it is ok for someone with a suspected concussion to resume participation on the same day. Parents, coaches or officials cannot make this call.

Please read the Hockey Australia Concussion Policy for all information on concussion management and reporting.

 

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