LESA Concussion Information

What is a concussion?


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal functioning of the brain (changes how the cells in the brain normally work). A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Basically, any force that is transmitted to the head causing the brain to literally bounce around or twist within the skull can result in a concussion. Over 90% of concussions do not involve loss of consciousness. It is important to note that a concussion can happen to anyone in any sport or athletic activity. Concussions affect people in four areas of function:

  • Physical – This describes how a person may feel: headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, etc. Children might describe this as seeing stars or having sensitivity to light and noise.
  • Thinking – Poor memory and concentration, responds to questions more slowly, asks repetitive questions. Concussion can cause an altered state of awareness. Children might say they’re having brain fog or feeling spacey and slow.
  • Emotions – A concussion can make a person more irritable and cause mood swings.
  • Sleep – Concussions frequently cause changes in sleeping patterns, which can increase fatigue.


  1. In the event of a suspected concussion, the player must see a medical provider for clearance to resume play. 
  2. The injured player must be evaluated by healthcare provider with experience in concussion management.
  3. Once player has been evaluated, send written clearance notice - form attached below- from the health care provider to LECOM Sports Park Director of Hockey chartsburg@lecomsportspark.com
  4. The Director of Hockey will inform the head coach that player may return to play and relay any necessary restrictions as outlined by the medical professional.  


It is the policy of LESA that any injury requiring the medical attention of a physician that prohibits the player from playing the game or practice of any duration will require the physician to sign a return to play release allowing the injured player to return to the ice to play or practice the game of hockey.

The release will give the date at which they are allowed to return and must be signed by the treating physician. Any guidelines or limitations that the physician requires regarding the return of the player must be outlined on the signed release form.

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