I. The following protocol has been established in accordance with the National Federation of State High School Associations and the International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Prague 2004.
II. The information contained below is to be used as a mere guideline to be implemented following a concussive event. The information is not to be considered as all inclusive or all encompassing.
A. When a student shows any signs or symptoms of a concussion:
1. The Student will not be allowed to return to play in the current game or practice.
2. The Student should not be left alone, and regular monitoring for deterioration is essential over the initial few hours following injury.
B. Following the initial injury, the Student must complete these steps:
1. Follow up with their primary care physician or Emergency Department within the first 24 hours (Doctor Visit One). The Student must have the initial Physician Evaluation filled out completely, signed and dated when reporting to the School Concussion Management Team (CMT) Leader.
2. Follow up with their primary care physician when asymptomatic (or a concussion specialist if there is a history of previous concussion or if post concussion symptoms last for more than seven (7) days) to be cleared to begin the Return to Play protocol (Doctor Visit Two). The Student must have the second Physician Evaluation filled out completely, signed and dated when reporting to the School CMT Leader.
3. Return to play must follow a medically supervised process, including clearance by a physician (Doctor Visit Three) before step five, "Full contact training in practice setting." The Student must have the Third Doctor Visit filled out completely, signed and dated when reporting to the School CMT Leader.
*** Final clearance is at the discretion of the School Physician or Chief Medical Officer even if the player is cleared by another physician.***
For more information on Concussion Management Protocol and the following forms: Concussion Checklist, Concussion Physician Evaluation and Return to Play Protocol, click here.