A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a "ding," "getting your bell run", or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks following the injury.
Minnesota Hockey has implemented new concussion protocol to protect our players from the effects of concussions. For a copy of the new protocal, click on the link below:
Please watch the video on concussions produced by Hutchinson Health. This video is especially good for the athletes themselves to watch.
Per the "MN Hockey Concussion Management Protocol and Requirements" document (distributed to HHA and on the HHA Website), if a player is suspected of possible having a concussion by any of the following:
(c) When a coach or official removes a youth athlete from participating in a youth athletic activity because of a concussion, the youth athlete may not again participate in the activity until the youth athlete:
(1) no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion; and
(2) is evaluated by a provider trained and experienced in evaluating and managing concussions and the provider gives the youth athlete written permission to again participate in the activity.
Hal Tearse, Minnesota Hockey's coach in chief and Safety Committee chair, talks about concussions following a Concussion Summit held in Rochester, MN in 2010.