I'm starting this thread with the idea it could get some discussion from time to time as we see how the NWSL responds to head injuries. The NWSL Rules and Regulations include detailed rules about hydration breaks, but do not include anything on concussions. If the NWSL has a concussion protocol outside the Rules and Regulations, it will be great if someone can post it. I've been interested in how sports deal with concussions for a long time, due to my having coached high school athletes for about 20 years and having coached and managed rec and competitive young girls' soccer teams, and also due to experiences within my family. I'm well versed in the concussion protocols that are supposed to be used in all high school sports and USSF-governed youth soccer. But, I've also seen how possible concussions are handled (not handled) in college and professional soccer. So, I'm interested in others' experience and thinking on the subject and hope some of you with knowledge or thoughts on this will post here. What immediately got me thinking about a thread here was what happened with Rose Lavelle in last Sunday's game against the Portland Thorns. Rose took a ball directly in the head from what was supposed to be a long serve from Emily Sonnett into the box from right around mid-field. Rose was about 5 to 10 yards from Sonnett, and she went right to the ground. She was on the ground for quite a while, and intially was not able to get up when she tried, sort of wobbling and having to go back to the ground for a while. When she was able to get up, she walked off the field, but looked like she wasn't able to walk in a straight line without help. (This all happened directly in front of where I was sitting in the stands.) Rose stayed off the field for a bit and then clearly was lobbying to get back into the game. I heard that she was demonstrating that she could stand on one foot as a way to show she could go back in. All of my training said, as soon as I saw how wobbly she was, that she had to be out for the rest of the game. But, she apparently prevailed and neither whatever medical personnel were checking her out nor her coach said, "No." This seemed ridiculous to me and extremely irresponsible and dangerous. Did anyone else see/have thoughts about this?