Concussion Information (Richmond Hill Ringette)

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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Athletes do not have to be "knocked out" to have a concussion. In fact, less than 1 out of 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness. Concussion symptoms can develop right away or up to 48 hours after the injury. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion puts your child's health at risk!

Signs Observed by Parents of Guardians

  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Is confused about assignment or position.
  • Forgets plays.
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  • Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional).
  • Can't recall events before or after hit or fall.

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Any headache or "pressure" in head. (How badly it hurts does not matter.)
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness.
  • Double or blurry vision.
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise

Links to important documents (Click on link)

Reporting Injuries and Concussions - both forms are now directed to the ORA and are significantly easier to submit.
  • ORA injury report - ( M-F-13 ) Required to be filled out and submitted within 7 days of an injury. This report is to help track all injuries and required if a future insurance claim might need to be submitted.
  • ORA Online Concussion Report Form - online submission form to specifically track concussion data.
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Printed from on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 2:56 PM