§ You check back on the injured person hourly
People with a concussion may not be able to make the best decision regarding their own healthcare. Their judgment may not be the best. Concussion symptoms can be subtle, variable, and may not show up until hours after the initial injury.
The Meet Ref or Swim Coach should require the athlete with a possible concussion/head injury be evaluated by a healthcare provider who is experienced in treating concussions, prior to returning to competition or practice. If there is any suspicion of head injury with or without the listed symptoms, the athlete should be referred for follow up with a healthcare provider (experienced in treating concussions). State Law may require this evaluation as well.
The athlete must also present a release to return to swimming competition or practice that has been signed by the healthcare provider.