Checklist for Creating an Athletics Concussion Management Plan

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A concussion management plan is critical to colleges and K-12 schools in ensuring student athlete safety and reducing liability risks. The NCAA requires higher education institutions to have a plan on file, and all 50 states have established concussion management standards for youth sports. College and school administrators can use this checklist, which suggests a protocol for preparticipation and response, to develop a sound concussion management plan.

Questions on the checklist include:

  • Does your institution’s concussion management plan identify the following signs and symptoms of a concussion?
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Amnesia
    • Disorientation
    • Drowsiness
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Confusion
    • Headache
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Fuzzy or blurry vision
    • Balance problems
    • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • At a minimum, do your institution’s concussion education, training, and resources:
    • Define concussions?
    • Explain the potential seriousness of concussion injuries?
    • Emphasize that purposeful or flagrant head contact is not permitted or safe in any sport?
    • Provide the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
    • Address the importance of promptly reporting concussion symptoms to medical staff?
    • Explain the role of physical and cognitive rest in recovery?

Download the checklist to begin developing or strengthening a concussion management policy at your institution.

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