Concussion Code of Conduct

In recognition of the potential seriousness of a concussion, I, ____________________,
commit to following the concussion protocols and expectations highlighted below.

I will help prevent concussions by:
Conforming to the rules of my sport. Committing to fair play and respect for all, including other sailors, coaches, and race officials.

I will care for my health and safety by taking concussions seriously, and I understand that:
A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short and long-term effects.
A blow to my head, face or neck, or body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull may cause a concussion.

I don’t need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion. I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including if I think I might have a concussion I should stop participating in sailing and report it to an instructor or officials; as well as reporting to my instructor or
officials if I think another participant has a concussion. Continuing to participate in further sailing or sailing competition with a possible concussion increases my risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases my risk of other injuries. 
I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for myself and others.
I will not hide my symptoms. I will tell an instructor, official, parent or another sailor I trust if I experience any symptoms of concussion. 
If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a concussion, I will tell an instructor, official, parent or another adult I trust so they can help. I understand that if I have a suspected concussion, I will be removed from sport and that I will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until I undergo a medical assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared
to return to sailing.
I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal from sport with my sailing club and any other sport organization where I am registered. I will take the time I need to recover, because it is important for my health.
I understand my commitment to following the return-to-sport process.
I will respect my instructors or fellow sailors, health-care professionals, and medical doctors/nurse practitioners, regarding my health and safety.

By signing here, I acknowledge that I have fully reviewed and commit to this Concussion Code
of Conduct.

Sailor: ___________________________

Parent/Guardian (of sailors under 18 years of age):  ___________________________

Date: ____________________________