Managing sporting head injuries

  1. If on the field, approach with MILS (ideally from the front) and think, “Neck?”.
  2. DR ABC assessment – having an open airway is the absolute priority.
  3. Unconscious? – maintain MILS and continue to shout for help.
  4. Combative? – let go and “talk the casualty down”.
  5. Conscious? – make an assessment for symptoms of neck injury - “Do you have pain in your neck?”
  6. Remove all concussions from field of play and seek medical assessment.
  7. Never leave any head injury unsupervised and do not allow the casualty to drive.