The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association has adopted the USA Hockey Concussion Management Protocol as its concussion management program. We are asking all parents and guardians to review this educational video with their player. Each season, players and parents will be asked to acknowledge that they have received, and reviewed, these materials prior to the start of the season.
Concussion can cause serious and long-term damage to young players if not treated properly. MAHA affiliated clubs, associations, coaches and administrators each have a responsibility in dealing with, reporting and retaining records of players with concussion symptoms.
Thank you for taking the time to review this critical information to ensure the safety of all our young players.
Northwestern University recently published “How Counseling Can Help After a Concussion” which addresses the psychological and emotional effects of a concussion and how counselors can help students adjust back to normal life.
How Counseling Can Help After a Concussion
A lacrosse player takes a blow to the head from an opponent’s stick but remains conscious and keeps playing. A parent hits their head on a cabinet door while making school lunches but has no time to slow down. An elderly person becomes dizzy and falls, landing on their knees, but the force involved jostles their brain.
They may seem minor, but each of these injuries could lead to a concussion. Without treatment, a concussion can have lasting effects on a person’s mental, physical, and emotional health.
A mental health counselor can support someone in the aftermath of a concussion and guide people in their support networks—family, friends, coaches, teachers, and employers—helping them better understand what a concussion is and how they can be of assistance.
Put these posters up at your arena to raise awareness of concussion signs, symptoms and steps to take should you suspect a player has sustained a concussion.
These posters are available through your District Council or you can download it below and have it printed yourself.