Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Football Manitoba is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required ensuring the safety of your athletes. We can all work together to ensure a safe sport environment.
Football Manitoba and Football Canada have included Concussion Awareness into all Sport Specific NCCP training, as well as mandatory programs for all coaches, regardless of age or level. Two of these mandatory courses for ALL coaches are SAFE CONTACT and MAKING HEAD WAY in FOOTBALL. Please follow the links for information on how coaches are being taught to recognize, manage, and reduce concussions in Football.
Concussion 101 A Primer for Kids and Parents (Youtube Video)
To view or download any of the following forms or documents, please click on the link associated with the document.
Pre-season Concussion Education Sheet (includes Return to School and Return to Sport Strategy)
- HOW CAN I HELP PREVENT CONCUSSIONS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES? Concussion prevention, recognition and management requires athletes to follow the rules and regulations of their sport, respect their opponents, avoid head contact, and report suspected concussions.
- Concussion Recognition Tool
“Recognize & Remove” Head impacts can be associated with serious and potentially fatal brain injuries. The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 is to be used for the identification of suspected concussion. It is not designed to diagnose concussion.
- Medical Assessment Tool
This document can be used by an athlete’s Physician or Nurse Practitioner as the official “Medical Assessment Tool”
- Medical Clearance Letter Athletes who are diagnosed with a concussion should be managed according to the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport including the Return-to-School and Return-to-Sport Strategies. No athlete that has been diagnosed and is being treated for a concussion can be “returned to play” without presenting the Medical Clearance Letter.
- “Return to Play” Protocol A CONCUSSION is a serious event,but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution.