Concussion - Return to Play

AAGHA Return to Play (RTP) Guidelines

For Trainers and Parents 

The AAGHA’s Concussion Management and Return to Play (RTP) protocols are aligned with Hockey Canada and the OWHA program. 

More information may be found here

View information on concussions from Hockey Canada here and here.

Remember, symptoms may return later that day or the next, not necessarily when exercising. 

This RTP was recommended at the Zurich Concussion Conference (Nov 2012).


Step 1: Rest

Step 2: Light exertion (below 70% of max)

Step 3: Increase exertion, weight training, interval training, etc.

Step 4: Sport specific non-contact activity 

Medical Clearance (RTP note from physician required by Trainer for records)

Step 5: Contact Practice

Step 6: RTP

If you require more information, contact the AAGHA at


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