The National Hockey League (NHL) revised NHL Protocol for Concussion Evaluation and Management in 2011.
Players suspected of having a concussion will now be removed from the game and sent to a quiet place free from distraction so they can be examined by the on-site team physician. The physician will use the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool test to evaluate the player.
Symptoms of concussion include:
- a blank or vacant look
- loss of consciousness
- motor incoordination or balance problems
- slow to get up after a hit to the head
- clutching of the head after a hit or visible facial injury in combination with another symptom
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