When in doubt, sit them out…

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.

Hockey Moms Get First Look at Concussion Information

The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI and others hosted hockey moms to help teach them how to spot concussion symptoms and how to help player safety stay No. 1.

Concussion Diagnosis

Players, coaches, parents and heath care providers should be able to recognize the following symptoms and signs of a concussion:

SYMPTOMS
SIGNS
Nausea Appears Dazed or Stunned
Poor Balance Confused about assignment
Dizziness Moves clumsily
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
Noise Sensitivity
Sluggish
Foggy
Groggy
Confused