Sports First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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Concussion memory test and withdrawal from play

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Sports Injury Management: Assessing Head Injuries

Guidelines for Assessing Head Injuries

When dealing with a sports injury, determining whether a person can continue to play or should be withdrawn is crucial. Follow the guidelines of your sports body for specific rules.

Signs of Serious Head Injury

Immediate removal from play is advised if any of the following signs are present:

  • Deteriorating levels of consciousness
  • Increasing confusion, irritability, and headaches
  • Weakness, tingling, numbness, or burning sensations on their body
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Double vision or deafness

Assessing Indications of a Head Injury

Ask the following questions to gauge signs of a concussion:

  • "What address are we at today?"
  • "What's the current score?"
  • "What training have we done today?"
  • "Who has scored so far?"
  • "How many games have we won this season?"
  • "Who did you play against last week?"

If these questions are answered incorrectly, it may indicate signs of a concussion.

Making the Decision

After completing your assessment:

Err on the side of caution: Withdraw the individual from play if any of the above signs are suspected.

For comprehensive guidelines on sports injury management, consult ProTrainings.

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