The FIS Medical Committee is pleased to present the updated Concussion Guidelines. The management of concussion is a matter of concern across many sports, in view of the risks of developing short- and long-term complications. These risks can be minimised if concussion is managed safely. Unfortunately, there is plenty of potential for concussive injuries in snowsports, even when helmets are worn.
The main principles of management that are listed below are largely unchanged from earlier versions, although there is clear emphasis on essential monitoring for 48 hours as concussion is often an evolving injury.
The details of the return to play process and the particular care that must be taken with youth and children (more susceptible than adults to the effects and after effects of concussion) are new features.
11.5.2 Recognise and Remove - if an athlete is suspected of having concussion, that athlete must be removed from the field of play and must not resume participation.
11.5.3 If in Doubt, sit it out
11.5.4 Continue to Monitor for signs of deterioration, because concussion is often an evolving injury. The onset of signs and symptoms may be DELAYED (typically within 48 hours of the injury).
Please take good care of your athletes.