Concussion Policy

Updated Tuesday February 21, 2017 by Leopard Lacrosse.


A “concussion” is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain caused by a traumatic physical force or impact to the head or body, which may include temporary or prolonged altered brain function resulting in physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms or altered sleep patterns; and may involve loss of consciousness.

The Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program’s concussion guidelines and policy is modeled after Texas’ youth sports concussion safety law, known as Natasha’s Law.

Bottom line:  Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems, will be immediately removed from the game or practice and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.


Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion: 

Signs of a Concussion (as observed by a coach or other staff or program member).

The Player:

• Appears dazed or stunned

• Is confused about assignment or position

• Forgets an instruction

• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent

• Poor reaction time

• Slurred speech

• Moves clumsily or lack of coordination

• Answers questions slowly

• Loses consciousness, even briefly

• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall

• Can’t recall events after hit or fall

• Shows behavior, mood, or personality change

• Unequal or dilated pupils

• Bleeding or clear fluid coming from nose or ears


Symptoms of a Concussion (as reported by the player / athlete):

• Headache or feeling pressure in the head

• Light-headedness

• Fogginess or sluggishness

• Difficulty concentrating

• Easily confused

• Slowed thought processes

• Difficulty with memory

• Confusion 

• Nausea or Vomiting

• Lack of energy, tiredness, or fatigue

• Dizziness, poor balance

• Ringing in the ears

• Blurred or fuzzy vision

• Sensitive to light and sounds

• Mood changes – irritable, anxious, or tearful

• Change in sleep pattern


Symptoms can be immediate or delayed for hours or days. Delayed symptoms may include concentration or memory problems, irritability and personality changes, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep disturbance, depression, disorders of taste and smell.

Parents are recommended to seek emergency care for anyone suspected of a head injury with; loss of consciousness, repeated vomiting, seizure, difficulty with mental function or physical coordination, or symptoms that have worsened over time.


On-field Cognitive Testing

The following on-field cognitive testing will be done on any player that exhibits any of the signs or symptoms of a concussion during a practice or game:

Ask the athlete the following questions:
• What stadium is this?
• What city is this?
• Who is the opposing team?
• What month is it?
• What day is it?

Anterograde Amnesia
Ask the athlete to remember the following words:
• Girl, dog, green

Retrograde Amnesia
Ask the athlete the following questions:
• What happened in the prior quarter/period?
• What do you remember just prior to the hit?
• What was the score of the game prior to the hit?

Ask the athlete to do the following:
• Repeat the days of the week backwards
• Repeat these numbers backwards: 63 (36 is correct); 419 (914 is correct)

Word List Memory
Ask the athlete to repeat the three words from earlier.
• (Girl, dog, green)

Any failure will be considered abnormal.


Removal from Play

A player will be immediately removed from practice, games, or participation if that player shows signs, symptoms, and/or behavior of a concussion that are evaluated by a coach, athletic trainer, a licensed health care professional, team physician, or member of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program or are reported directly by the player or the player’s parent or guardian.

An on-field cognitive test will be done on the player. Coaches will attempt to inform the player’s parents or guardian as soon as possible that a suspected concussion has occurred. The player suspected of sustaining a concussion should be seen by a physician selected by the player’s parents or guardian as soon as possible.


Return to Play

A player that has sustained a concussion may not participate or return to practice or competition following a suspected concussion until:

  1. the player has been evaluated, using established medical protocols based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence, by a physician chosen by the player or the player's parent or guardian;

  2. the treating physician has provided a written statement indicating that, in the physician’s professional judgment, it is safe for the player to return to play; and

  3. the student and the student’s parent or guardian has:

                  i.    provided the treating physician’s written statement to the person designated by the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program as being responsible for compliance with the return-to-play policy; and

                  ii.    the player and the player’s parent or guardian have signed a letter indicating that they consent to the player returning to play, they understand the risks associated with the player returning to play and they agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program and all associated coaches, volunteers, employees, and Board Members from any liability, loss, damage or injury.



CDC - Concussion Clipboard Sticker (Lacrosse).pdf
CDC - Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches (Lacrosse).pdf
CDC - Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents (Lacrosse).pdf
CDC - Concussion Fact Sheet for Players (Lacrosse).pdf
Return to Play - Parent Waiver & Release Form - Concussion (Lovejoy Lacrosse).pdf
US Lacrosse - Concussion Infographic.pdf