SPORTS RELATED CONCUSSION/MTBI PROTOCOL
If an athlete is suspected of having sustained a concussion or MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) he or she will be removed from competition immediately and will not be released back into their respective sport until they have been cleared by a Physician, Athletic Trainer or another qualified allied healthcare professional. Please follow link for current legislation: http://www.mass.gov/dph/injury
The entire healthcare professional team involved in the evaluative and rehabilitative process must consult with one another and make a sound clinical judgment regarding the athlete’s return to play status.
*Academic accommodations will be made available if and when deemed necessary pending documentation from a physician.
1. Acute evaluation SCATIII (on sideline), Visual Occular Motor Screening (VOMS)
2. Recommendations to family and athlete regarding return to school (24-48 hours of rest from academics and other cognitive function) i.e. Video gaming, text messaging, computer use, TV.
3. Appointment required with PCP or MTBI specialist
4. Follow-up Neurocognitive testing when asymptomatic
Sport Related Concussion Rehabilitation Protocol
ImPact neurocognitive testing can only be performed when asymptomatic (no symptoms) for 24 hours. Student athlete will progress sequentially through each rehabilitation phase and may not progress to the next phase until asymptomatic for 24 hours.
Post injury (ImPact follow-up test #1)
If scores within normal reliable change index, athlete may begin non impact rehab protocol.
Exertion (non impact)
Sports Specific rehab (ImPact follow-up test #2)
Follow-up scores fall within normal reliable change index, student athlete may begin light contact workouts.
Full Contact practice (ImPact follow-up test #3)
Follow-up scores fall within normal reliable change index, student athlete may return to full activity with no restrictions.