Concussion Policy

NZIHF Concussion Policy

This page will provide basic information about concussion, and how suspected concussion should be managed in the context of ice hockey.

The NZIHF considers player safety as one of its core priorities. We expect that all players suspected of having a concussion will follow the below guidance, incorporate proper medical care as indicated, and if concussion is diagnosed by a doctor, that the affected player will obtain written medical clearance before returning back to contact training or play.

What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Some of the ways you can get a concussion are when you hit your head during a fall, car crash, sports injury. It can occur with or without loss of consciousness.

What do I need to know?
It is helpful to remember 3 R’s for concussion:
1. Recognise the Signs and Symptoms
2. Remove the Player from Play
3. Refer them to a doctor for assessment

For resources/education:
NZIHF Concussion Policy (November 2019)
Concussion Recognition Tool 5
Ministry of Health Concussion Information

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