Concussion Return To Play Protocol (Port Stanley Minor Hockey)

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6 Step Return to Play

The return to play process is gradual, and begins after a doctor has given the

player clearance to return to activity. If any symptoms/signs return during this

process, the player must be re-evaluated by a physician. No return to play if

any symptoms or signs persist. Remember, symptoms may return later that day

or the next, not necessarily when exercising!

Step 1: No activity, only complete mental and physical rest. Proceed to

step 2 only when all symptoms are gone. This includes avoiding both mental

and physical stress.

Step 2: Light aerobic exercise, such as walking or stationary cycling.

Monitor for symptoms and signs. No resistance training or weight lifting.

Note: Players MUST receive clearance from a physician BEFORE returning to the ice 

Step 3: Sport specific activities and training (e.g. skating).

Step 4: Drills without body contact. May add light resistance training and

progress to heavier weights.

The time needed to progress from non-contact to contact exercise will vary

with the severity of the concussion and the player. Go to step 5 after medical

clearance. (reassessment and note)

Note: Players MUST receive clearance for Contact from a physician BEFORE returning to Contact Drills

Step 5: Begin drills with body contact.

Step 6: Game play. (The earliest a concussed athlete should return to play

is one week).

Note: Players should proceed through return to play steps only when they

do not experience symptoms or signs and the physician has given clearance.

Each step should be a minimum of one day. If symptoms or signs return, the

player should return to step 1, and be re-evaluated by a physician.

Never return to play if symptoms persist!

Concussed Players Must be Cleared by their Physician
AND the Association Head Trainer BEFORE returning to Game Play.