If you think a player may have sustained a spinal injury . . .

Your immediate role is to get help, and keep the player calm and immobile.

After a spinal impact, look for these symptoms:

• Pain in the area of the injury
• Buzzing or tingling in the arms and/or legs
• Loss of movement in the arms or legs
• Radiating pain in the arms or legs

After calling for immediate medical help, give care as follows:

• Ensure adequate airway and breathing.
• Observe the “ABCs”: Airway, Breathing and Circulation.
• Reassure the player.
• Do not allow the player to move. Instruct the player not to move and immobilize him or her to prevent any motion, especially motion of the head or neck.
• Keep the player warm.

Sideline Evaluations for Concussion

Use these guidelines to help decide whether a player may have sustained a concussion:

Orientation:

Ask the player the time, the place, the players, and the situation of the injury.

Concentration:

Ask the player to tell you the months of the year backwards.

Memory:
1) Ask the player the names of the last two teams you played.
2) Ask for details of the game or practice in progress: strategies, moves, plays, etc.
3) Ask the player to recall three words and three objects immediately, and then the same three words and objects five minutes later.