First Aid/Injuries/Medical Emergencies / Concussion

First Aid/Injuries/Medical Emergencies / Concussion

Coaches are expected to have basic first aid training and understand the “HKIS First Responder Protocols”. At games and off-site practices coaches must carry, or have access to, a first aid kit, the emergency contact details of all athletes and the Program’s Emergency Contacts.

Minor Injuries - After treatment or assessment of minor injuries the coach should inform the parents or guardian and also our office.

Serious injuries - that could require evaluation and/or treatment, the coach will notify the Head Coach in the first instance and then begin first-aid in accordance with the “HKIS First Responder Protocols” until the nurse arrives on the scene. If the school nurse is not available, or the injury occurs off campus without the players’ parents’ present, the coach should call an ambulance and accompany the athlete to hospital. The coach will notify the parents and the Head Coach, at the first opportunity, or on route to the hospital. Coaches will file an Accident Report the following day.

Head injuries - should be treated as potentially serious and as possible cause of concussion and even if the athlete shows no immediate symptoms, the parents and program office must be notified so that the athlete can be closely monitored once they leave the coaches’ care. Please refer to Concussion Management Plan for more information.

Incident and Accident Report

A report should be submitted whenever an incident or accident occurs. If you are off-site, please report to the Head Coach by phone at your earliest convenience and then follow up with the report the following day.

Coaches have access to the form via this link: viewform

Concussion Management Plan

No player shall return to play that day following a concussion, and the athlete must be cleared by an appropriate health-care professional before he or she is allowed to return to play in games or practices.

If you suspect a concussion, take the athlete out of play immediately. Ensure the athlete seeks further care and inform parents even if no immediate symptoms present themselves.

Coaches should suspect a concussion after a blow to the head/body resulting in rapid movement of the head accompanied by any change in the athlete’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning. Some symptoms may include headache, nausea, poor balance, feeling foggy, confused etc.

Players & Parents should familiarize themselves with the risks, symptoms and management of concussion at the following link before joining any sports programs.

Coaches will be completing the NFHS concussion management and awareness course prior to coaching within our program (this course is available to parents too and so contact us for more details if this is of interest)

Return to Play Protocols

Once an athlete no longer has symptoms of a concussion and is cleared for return to play, he or she should proceed with activity in a step-wise fashion to allow the brain to re-adjust to exertion. On average, the athlete will complete a new step each day.

Return-to-play schedule:

Day 1: Light exercise, including walking or riding an exercise bike. No weight-lifting.

Day 2: Running in the gym or on the field. No helmet or other equipment.

Day 3: Non-contact training drills in full equipment. Weight-training can begin.

Day 4: Full contact practice or training.

Day 5: Game play.

If symptoms occur at any step, the athlete should cease activity and be re-evaluated by their healthcare provider.

Please note: that it is strongly recommended that students are “cleared to participate” by a suitable medical practitioner after any major injury.