Step 1: Concussion Recognition
“Recognize & Remove”. Head impacts can be associated with serious and potentially fatal brain injuries. The Concussion Recognition Tool is to be used for the identification of suspected concussion. It is not designed to diagnose concussion.
Step 2: Medical Assessment
This document can be used by an athlete’s Physician or Nurse Practitioner as the official Medical Assessment Tool.
Step 3: Medical Clearance
Athletes who are diagnosed with a concussion should be managed according to the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport including the Return-to-School and Return-to-Sport Strategies. No athlete that has been diagnosed and is being treated for a concussion can be “returned to play” without presenting the Medical Clearance Letter.
Step 4: Return to Play
A Concussion is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution. Return to Play Protocol: