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Injured Athlete

Return to Snow Policy

Injuries are an inherent risk with the sport of ski racing and its related training activities. An injury can occur during on-snow training and during dry-land training activities.  Injuries to athletes may also occur outside of regular training activities.  All types of injury are covered on this policy.


Our primary concern is the health and well-being of all our athletes. We’ve designed this policy to implement reasonable measures to ensure athletes receive necessary medical attention for any possible injuries and also to protect them from further injury.  Each parent must sign an acknowledgement that they fully understand the information contained in the NASA Injured Athlete Return to Training Policy.


If an athlete is suspected of suffering an injury during any training/competition or club organized activity:

  • Parents will be notified as soon as practicable.

  • Injury evaluations may be conducted by the coach and\or by a resort’s ski patrol team.  The evaluation may include a recommendation for parents to seek additional professional medical attention.  In emergencies, the attending ski patrol may arrange for ambulatory treatment, or hospitalisation.

  • In the case of non-serious injuries the athlete’s coach will determine whether the athlete can return to training/racing that day. 

  • A range of injuries can affect an athlete’s performance, and their ability to train productively and safely.  These include sprains, strains, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and more serious injury to the head/spine. 

  • Head injury may commonly be referred to as a concussion.   An athlete may not return to snow or training the same day if he/she suffers from or is suspected of suffering from a concussion (see additional concussion information below).

  • Nakiska Alpine Ski Association and its member clubs prefer that an athlete who is suspected of having suffered an injury or concussion be evaluated by a licensed medical physician.

  • If an athlete has suffered an injury or been removed from training due to injury that athlete may not return to regular training activity without the parents signing the NASA Injured Athlete Return to Training Waiver stating that the athlete is ready to return for training.

  • The athlete’s coach has the final say at any point whether an athlete can train/compete again or not.  The coach has the authority/discretion to pull an athlete from training or a competition at any time should he/she feel that the athlete may be putting either themselves or others at risk. 

  • If an athlete is injured while not attending training or club events, parents must notify the athlete’s coach of the injury and any potential risk or rehabilitation requirements related to the injury.


What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.


You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear.


Common symptoms of a concussion fit into four main categories:

  • Thinking and remembering

    • Not thinking clearly

    • Feeling slowed down

    • Not being able to concentrate

    • Not being able to remember new information

  • Physical

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Headache

    • Fuzzy or blurry vision

    • Dizziness

    • Sensitivity to light or noise

    • Balance problems

    • Feeling tired or having no energy

  • Emotional and mood

    • Easily upset or angered

    • Sad

    • Nervous or anxious

    • More emotional

  • Sleep

    • Sleeping more than usual

    • Sleeping less than usual

    • Having a hard time falling asleep


If your athlete reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.  Close observation of your athlete should continue for several hours following any incident where potential for concussion exists.  It is very important to make sure an athlete is completely recovered from the effects of a concussion and they have received medical approval before he/she returns to training/competition.