MHSAA Youth Concussion Protocol
In collaboration with Sport Manitoba, MHSAA has developed the MHSAA YOUTH CONCUSSION PROTOCOL to help guide the management of athletes who may have a suspected concussion as a result of participation in MHSAA related activities.
This protocol covers the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who may sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. It aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to their sport safely. This protocol may not address every possible clinical scenario that can occur during sport-related activities but includes critical elements based on the latest evidence and current expert consensus.
Application to non-sport related concussion
This guideline has been adapted from the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. However, the management principles described in these guidelines should also be applied to children and adolescents who sustain a concussion outside of a sporting activity and are returning to sports.
Who should use this protocol?
This guideline is intended for use by all individuals who interact with youth inside and outside the context of school and non-school based organized sports activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals.