Concussion Awareness

Concussion Protocol

If a student-athlete exhibits signs and symptoms consistent with a concussion (even if not formally diagnosed), the student-athlete is to be removed from play and is not allowed to return to play (game, practice or conditioning) on that day.

Student-athletes are encouraged to report their own symptoms or to report if peers may have concussion symptoms. Coaches, parents, volunteers, first responders, school nurse, licensed athletic trainers (if available), are responsible for removing a student-athlete from play if they suspect a concussion.

Following the injury, the student-athlete should be evaluated by a qualified medical professional with training in concussion management. It is strongly recommended that each institution seek qualified medical professionals in the surrounding community to serve as resources in the area of concussion management.

In order for a student-athlete to return to play without restriction, he/she must have written clearance from appropriate medical personnel. The form that should be used for this written clearance is posted on this website.

NCHSAA Return to Play Packet