The Skylands Kings Hockey Club takes Concussion Management very seriously. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury – there is no such thing as a minor brain injury. A youth hockey player’s brain is more susceptible to concussion. In addition, the concussion in a young athlete may be harder to diagnosis, takes longer to recover, is more likely to have a recurrence and be associated with serious long-term effects.
A player does not have to be “knocked-out” to have a concussion- less than 10% of players actually lose consciousness – a concussion can result from a blow to head, neck or body.
A player with any symptoms or signs; disorientation; impaired memory, concentration, balance or recall has a concussion. The standard of care for current medical practice and the law in many states requires that any athlete with a suspected concussion is immediately removed from play.
The Skylands Kings have partnered with a nationwide concussion management company to assist with diagnosing, tracking managing concussions in our program. It is recommended that athletes participate in the baseline assessment every 2 years. The Kings Organization has committed to conducting these tests every year prior to participation in our program. Please follow the link to the right to take your ImPACT test for the 2015-2016 season.
Players, coaches, parents and heath care providers should be able to recognize the following symptoms and signs of a concussion:
|Nausea||Appears Dazed or Stunned|
|Poor Balance||Confused about assignment|
|Double Vision||Answers slowly|
|Blurred vision||Behavior or personality changes|
|Poor concentration||Unsure of score or opponent|
|Impaired memory||Can’t recall events after the injury|
|Light Sensitivity||Can’t recall events before the injury|