Coaches and parents play a key role in preventing concussions and responding properly when they occur. The following are some important steps to take to ensure the best outcome for the athletes, team, league or school.
Determine if concussion policies are present. These statements can be developed to include a commitment to safety, a brief description about concussions and information on when athletes can safely return to play. Parents and athletes should sign the concussion policy statement at the beginning of each sport season. Support from other parents and league/school officials can ensure that the policies are in place before the first practice.