Head Injury Guidelines
When a player or players collide heads whether with each other or with an object, such as a goal post, play should be stopped immediately. The safety of the player or players involved is of prime concern. There is no higher priority.
Perform a primary survey that the player’s airway, cervical spine, breathing and circulation are secure.
Protocol of Immediate Assessment
Perform secondary assessment looking specifically at:
Gain as much information as possible regarding incident, specifically determine:
Head Injury Protocol
All head injuries should be treated as a potential concussion and assessment should take place as soon as possible. Players should be taken off the practice or game field and should not return until assessed by a medical professional.
For further information on Concussions and Concussion Policy, please refer to the following:
Ontario Soccer has also posted some additional information on Concussions at the following resources: