WHEN CAN I RETURN TO ACTIVITY?
It is very important that you do not go back to sports if you have any concussion symptoms or signs. Return to sport and activity must follow a step-wise approach: STEP 1) No activity, complete rest. Once back to normal and cleared by a doctor, go to step 2. STEP 2) Light exercise such as walking or stationary cycling, for 10-15 minutes. STEP 3) Sport specific aerobic activity (ie. skating in hockey, running in soccer), for 20-30 minutes. NO CONTACT. STEP 4) "On field" practice such as ball drills, shooting drills, and other activities with NO CONTACT (ie. no checking, no heading the ball, etc.). STEP 5) "On field" practice with body contact, once cleared by a doctor. STEP 6) Game play. Note: Each step must take a minimum of one day. If you have any symptoms of a concussion (e.g. headache, feeling sick to your stomach) that come back either with activity, or later that day, stop the activity immediately and rest until symptoms resolve, for a minimum of 24 hours. See a doctor and be cleared before starting the step-wise protocol again. You should not go back to sport until you have been cleared to do so by a doctor.