Concussion Return To Play Protocol
ASA Emergency Protocol – Suspected Player Concussion
A player showing any signs or symptoms as listed on the Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool or as listed in this document must be removed from play immediately. All coaches and trainers are required to be familiar with the use of this tool and follow the Club’s protocol without question. The player in question is not to re-enter the game or practice. In the event of a loss of consciousness, call 9-1-1 for assistance immediately. Do not attempt to move the player unless absolutely necessary for safety reasons. Ensure that a member of the team staff stays with the player. Notify any family members immediately if they are present.
The player must be evaluated by a physician prior to returning to play and documentation from the physician is required. The average recovery period is 10 to 14 days but can sometimes be longer. Coaches must complete the required injury report and submit it to the Asante Soccer Academy within 24 hours of the incident.
ASA Return to Play Stages Protocol is a multi-part process that requires supervision from the player’s healthcare team.