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Concussion Awareness

What is a concussion?

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:

Minnesota Hockey Concussions Management Protocal and Requirements



Hutchinson Health Video On Concussions

Please watch the video on concussions produced by Hutchinson Health.  This video is especially good for the athletes themselves to watch.  

Hutchinson Health Concussion Video

Return To Play

 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:

  1. The coaching staff, per the "Coaches Fact Sheet".
  2. The parent/legal guardian, per the "Parent Fact Sheet".
  3. The player, per the "Player Fact Sheet"
Then the player will not be allowed to return to play, either in the same game/practice or subsequent games/practices, until the "Return To Play" permission sheet is filled out by a qualified healthcare provider as well as the parent/legal guardian and submitted to the coach or manager to keep in the managers book.
Minnesota Statue 121A.37 c(1)(2):

(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.

A Message from Hal Tearse

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.

Watch Hal's Video Here